A mother who despatched her youngsters to the Connecticut daycare of a girl accused of killing her personal kids earlier than taking her personal life stated Thursday that she was shocked by the triple murder-suicide.
The lady attended a vigil for the slain household outdoors their Danbury dwelling Thursday night time and refused to consider Sonia Loja, 36, would strangle her three kids.
“I can’t consider Sonia did this. I don’t consider what’s occurred,” Nube Sucuzhanay, 33, advised The Submit.
“Sonia was a superb individual. She cherished and taken care of her youngsters and was good with the youngsters she taken care of.”
Sucuzhanay stated Loja got here to the US from Ecuador about 15 years in the past. Sucuzhanay trusted Loja along with her personal two kids and enrolled them in her daycare for seven years.
“I used to be very comfy leaving my kids with Sonia,” she stated. “[She was] simply so good with kids and so very good.”
Loja ran an unlawful daycare out of her home and advised the dad and mom of roughly 10 youngsters that she couldn’t watch them Wednesday — the identical day police consider she killed her personal youngsters 12-year-old Junior Panjon, 10-year-old Joselyn Panjon and 5-year-old Jonael Panjon. Loja then took her personal life.
Loja reportedly strangled every little one one after the other earlier than she hanged herself inside a shed within the yard of her dwelling, police stated. Her husband and father of the kids, Pedro Panjon, discovered the our bodies when he returned dwelling and fainted on the grisly discovery.
Sucuzhanay was one in every of about 50 mourners who gathered outdoors the house Thursday night time for a vigil organized by the realm’s massive Ecuadorian group. The mourners sang hymns, recited prayers and lit candles for greater than an hour.
They created a makeshift memorial for the slain kids by inserting prayer candles, flowers, white balloons and a teddy bear on the house’s entrance steps.
A younger attendee who went to Saint Peter Faculty with Joselyn from kindergarten to 3rd grade stated her late classmate was fiercely clever and sort.
“Joselyn was a really sensible, artistic and useful individual,” Katelyn Jimenez, 11, stated. “Joselyn was all the time there if you wanted her. She would consolation anybody going by a tricky time.”
Katelyn stated Joselyn excelled in math and helped her when she was battling math equations.
“To me, it appeared like she lived a superb life,” Katelyn stated. “She was very optimistic. She was nice at artwork and music, however she was additionally very sensible at math.”
“I’m feeling unhappy,” she added. “She was a superb classmate and good friend.”
Tomas Vega, 31, was among the many many mourners who felt compelled to affix the vigil in help of the household, regardless of not realizing Loja or her kids personally.
Vega, a father of two, couldn’t comprehend Loja’s violent final act.
“What would make you kill your self and take the lives of your three youngsters?” Vega requested in disbelief. “Think about seeing your first child useless, then the subsequent one, then the third one. One thing actually unhealthy should have occurred.”
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