Valencia Michelle Ramirez
17 Years Old

October 21, 1976 to August 13, 1994

Valencia Michelle Ramirez, of San Antonio, Texas, was a warm and caring person with a sparkling personality. A devoted mother, she left a 15-month-old daughter, Milan Bronte, who is now being raised by Valencia's parents.

Valencia touched many lives in her brief 17 years and still lives in the hearts and minds of her family and many friends. All who knew her still pause at times and ask "why?" Valencia, we love and miss you.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

On August 13, 1994, 17-year-old Valencia Michelle Ramirez of San Antonio, Texas, was spending the night with a friend, when she was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. As the girls lay asleep in bed that night, several shots were fired into the bedroom. Valencia's friend was shot in the face, but survived. Valencia was killed instantly by a single shot to her chest.

Valencia's picture captured the hearts of police, the district attorney's staff, and the media. The case received much attention, and within a few months, three noted gang members were arrested. Adrian Cantu was convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 years; Johnny Canul was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years; and Si Gaines was convicted of murder and sentenced to 30 years.

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Valencia Ramirez