I kind of died with her': Vigil held for Durham realtor found dead
The Durham community on Monday honored the life of a Durham real estate agent. Liliana Concha Perez was found dead on Jan. 9 in her office, alongside a man her family says was her former boyfriend.
Concha-Perez's brother, Mauricio, told WRAL News it's still hard for him to believe his sister his gone."I don't think I can describe it in words," he said. "I feel that I kind of died with her." Hundreds attend the vigil at the Willa Latina Plaza on Chapanoke Road in Raleigh. Her friends, like Leonor Clavijo, described Perez as a pillar in the community.
"She wasn't selling houses or showing people houses. She was changing peoples lives with every opportunity." Clavijo said. "She was very passionate about helping other people." The real estate agent leaves behind two adult children and a granddaughter. Maruicio Concha Perez said it's his job to step in now that their mother and grandmother is gone. "It's hard to learn how to give that care," he said. "Being an uncle is different, but now I'm what they have."
Clavijo is working to obtain a humanitarian visa so Concha-Perez's mother can travel from Colombia to say goodbye to her daughter one last time. "We are asking for our local representatives, Senate and our Congress people to be able to say yes to this visa," Clavijo said. Nearly a week later, Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, the President of El Centro Hispano, says the community wants answers.
"People people are sad. People are angry because of what happened. But also, everyone is looking at how we can comfort for each other and also seeing how we can prevent this from happening to any of the women here." Rocha-Goldberg said. Many hoped the vigil would provide closure to people still looking for answers, and allow people to remember her for how she lived and not how she died. Police are still investigating the case.