Breakfast fundraiser to benefit Justice Coalition

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Justice Coalition honored the oldest child of a murder victim at an annual fundraising event on Thursday morning.

In February 2013, Zuheily Rosado, a mother of six, was shot and killed while working as a gas station attendant in Palm Coast.

The case went unsolved until authorities made an arrest using information from the public, the crime scene and surveillance video.

First Coast News spoke with Rosado's teenage daughter, Teysha Silva-Romen, not long after the incident happened.

She said, "I'm going to miss her hugs, her kisses, her blessings before I go to work, to see her when I come from school. I need my mom."

Now, one year later, Silva-Romen said she wanted to be at the 12th annual "Together We Can" breakfast fundraiser to give back to the coalition.

"I am thankful for the Justice Coalition of Jacksonville, which was there for me a couple of days after my mom's murder," she said.

Silva-Romen, at age 16, took on all the responsibility of her family when she lost her mom, but said the coalition never left her side.

She said, "I felt like my life was over. They didn't have to help us. It's an angel sent from God."

In her address to the crowd at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville on Ashley St., Silva-Romen thanked all those who have donated to support the coalition's efforts.

She is one of many people the non-profit organization supports following a violent crime.

Executive Director Ann Duggar said, "This (fundraiser) helps us continue our missing of assisting innocent victims of violent crime."

This year, Jacksonville had multiple murders in the first few days of the year. And, more recently, there were seven shootings and one murder at two different nightclubs.

Duggar said the coalition is busier than ever.

"It's devastating to see so much crime because there's a domino effect and it's not just the victims that we serve," she said.

Little did Silva-Romen know, the coalition wasn't done helping her when she was on stage.

It surprised the now 17-year-old with a new car, money for gas, a car title and tag, a new i-Pad and a year worth of free Internet.

Silva-Romen reacted with tears of joy and thanked everyone for their continued support.

The Zuheily Rosado Case:

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Murder suspect being returned to Flagler County

Suspect in clerk killing to act as own attorney


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