WEST ENGLEWOOD — Grandparents of slain teenager Marlen Ochoa Uriostegui Lopez were granted a humanitarian visa to lay their granddaughter to rest this Saturday.
Earlier this week, the family members arrived to O’Hare International airport from Guerrero and Aguas Caliente, Mexico after receiving 20-day humanitarian parole to attend the wake and memorial service for their granddaughter who was brutally murdered last month.
Julie Contreras, a spokeswoman for the family and chair of LULAC National Immigration Committee, called the reunion “painful” and “bittersweet.”
“They haven’t seen their family in almost 20 years…It’s bittersweet because you’re embracing your child during their pain,” Contreras said.
At the end of every phone conversation, the 19-year-old would tell her grandparents that she “would see them soon, and give them a big hug and a kiss,” Contreras said.
Despite current stringent immigration policies, Contreras thanked Laredo Texas port of entry for granting the 20-day visa and LULAC National president Domingo Garcia, who sponsored airfare from Laredo Texas to Chicago.
Uriostegui Lopez’s parents arrived in Chicago from Guerrero, Mexico when she was two years old, her mother Raquel Uriostegui said last week after leaving the Medical Examiner’s office.
Her daughter’s dream was to see her grandparents.
Her mother pleaded for assistance for help getting travel visas for her daughter’s grandparents.
“Even if she can’t be here physically, I want to give her last wish,” she said.
Uriostegui Lopez was murdered after meeting up with a woman to exchange baby clothes for a stroller on April 23. After her murder, the baby was cut from her womb and is in “grave condition” at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
On Tuesday, the slain teenager grandparents arrived to O’Hare International Airport.
“For us, it’s very painful, especially being so far away,” Ochoa-Lopez’s grandmother said, according to a Tribune report. “It hurts us profoundly that we lost our granddaughter. We have come here to give our final goodbye.”
Visitation is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Mount Auburn Funeral Home at 4101 S. Oak Park Ave. in suburban Stickney.
The funeral is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Mount Auburn Funeral Home’s chapel, and the teen will be buried at Mount Auburn Memorial Park.
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