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Friends and family mourn the death of Sunland Park girl who died in fire

Friends and family mourn the death of Sunland Park girl who died in fire

Family and friends in Sunland Park remembered Marisa Muñoz Friday with a vigil.

KFOX 14 wasn’t allowed on the other side of the police tape where the vigil was held for Marisa, who died in Thursday morning’s house fire.

This was out of respect for the family.

This loss is tough for the whole community in Sunland Park.

“I don’t know, why did she leave?” said family friend Jonathan Perez, crying.

The pain still cuts deep just one day after losing Marisa in a house fire.

“I don’t know why she left,” said Perez. “I remember when me and my family, we used to go to her house, she always offered me something to eat.”

Marisa -- a friend, daughter and so much more -- is remembered for all that she was and still is to those who loved her most.

As tears flow down faces, many are asking why Marisa was taken so soon.

“For an angel to have lost her life this way, it’s very sad,” said Perez’s mom. “I have a 5-year-old, and it’s very tragic and sad.”

This loss is one no one ever imagined happening, but it’s the memories that everyone will hold onto.

“She’s in a better place,” said Perez’s mom. “She’s the guardian angel of this family and this community, as well.”

The city of Sunland Park told KFOX 14 people can make donations to the family at the Bumble Bee day care on McNutt Road.

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