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Friends, family raise money for funeral of homicide victim

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A photo of Wendy Rodriguez is shown in an undated image. (Source: Go Fund Me) A photo of Wendy Rodriguez is shown in an undated image. (Source: Go Fund Me)
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Friends and family heartbroken over the sudden loss of a Las Vegas woman held a car wash Sunday to raise money for her funeral.

The 25-year-old woman, identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office as Cinthia Wendy Perez-Rodriguez and known to friends as “Wendy,” was found dead inside a home near Rancho Drive and Bonanza Road Friday.

“It hasn’t sunken into many of our heads. We can’t believe it. She didn’t deserve what happened to her,” said Lizeth Cuevas, who was best friends with Rodriguez.

The man suspected in the murder of Rodriguez is still on the loose. Police identified him as 25-year-old Jaime Santana.

“I don’t know why he picked her. I don’t know why, but I hope they find him soon,” said Cuevas.

Rodriguez was found dead inside Santana’s home.

As Rodriguez’s friends and family deal with the sudden loss, they are also raising money for the unexpected funeral expenses.

“You feel like you’re alone. You feel like nobody has gone through what you’re going through, but that’s what we’re out here to do. We want to make sure people don’t feel like they are alone,” said Richard Frias-Guzman, a friend of Rodriguez.

A group of about 30 people washed cars near Lamb Boulevard and Lake Mead Boulevard. The mood at the car wash was heavy as they remembered the deep and sudden loss of Rodriguez.

“Everything about her was so beautiful. We took so many trips together. We wanted to travel the world. We wanted to do so many things. We wanted to open a business. She didn’t deserve that. She didn’t. She was 25-years-old,” Cuevas said.

Cuevas said family members were too upset to attend the car wash Sunday. Cuevas said she is also grieving, but won’t rest until Rodriguez’s killer is found.

“I’m scared that he’s going to attack again. I’m scared that he’s aware of everything that’s going on. If he was so close to her. I’m scared he’s aware of all her friends and I’m scared for everybody,” Cuevas said.

As of Saturday evening, a Go Fund Me account has raised more than $6,000 of a $15,000 goal.

If you would like to contribute to the account, you can do so here.

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