SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Friends and family attended a memorial service in Santa Ana on Sunday for murdered Army veteran Maribel Ramos.
Ramos’ sister Marta Ortiz Ramos traveled to California to attend the service after the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana requested that she be allowed to enter the United States, the family’s pastor said.
Ortiz Ramos did not have a visa or a passport and the consulate stepped in to help.
Maribel Ramos, a former U.S. Army Sergeant, went missing from her apartment in Orange on May 2.
Her body was found two weeks later in bushes near Santiago Canyon Ranch and Jackson Ranch Road after residents reported a foul odor in the area.
Ramos’ roommate, 54-year-old Kwang Choi Joy, was arrested in connection with her death and has since been charged with murder.
Ramos attended Cal State Fullerton at the time of her death. On May 26, the university gave her family a posthumous degree in criminal justice on Ramos’ behalf.