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Alyssa Otremba remembered at Las Vegas football game

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Alyssa Otremba's mother, Jennifer, at a football game that honored her daughter's life on Sept. 9, 2016. (Vince Sapienza/FOX5) Alyssa Otremba's mother, Jennifer, at a football game that honored her daughter's life on Sept. 9, 2016. (Vince Sapienza/FOX5)

It’s been five years since an Arbor View High School student was kidnapped, tortured and killed.  

On Friday night, her life was celebrated during a football game at the school.

“As we say, once an Aggie, always an Aggie. At this time, please pause in remembrance for Alyssa Otremba,” said Shannone Paki, a friend of the family, during Friday night’s game.

The crowd fell silent for about 16 seconds in honor of the victim.

“Her life can continue to touch other lives, and I miss that face. I see it every single day. I know she is with us. I feel her presence,” Jennifer Otremba, Alyssa’s mother, said.

“I think having a football game like this, dedicated to her and honoring her, is more of a sense of community, bringing us together to remember we’re here for each other,” Paki said.

Those gathered wore green ribbons. Green was Alyssa’s favorite color. Every member of the band wore a ribbon in her honor.

“It was just sort of an extension of her, an extension of our family. Her sister was also in the band. It’s comforting,” Otremba said.

Five years ago, Alyssa Otremba stayed home from school sick. That night, she walked to a friend’s house to borrow a textbook. She never returned home.

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Police say she was kidnapped by Javier Righetti, raped and stabbed 80 times. Her body was later burned. 

“A lot of people say it’s being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it’s not. She had every right being where she was,” Paki said.

“The best way I can describe my life is it’s Groundhog Day, and like the movie, you wake up and it’s the same thing over and over, and you can’t wake up from the nightmare,” Otremba said.

Inside the Arbor View band room is a picture of Alyssa and a neon green bear. The school awards an annual $1,000 scholarship to one member of the band.

“They just embraced us, and it helps keep us going. [They] remember her life, whether they knew her or not, and that means the world,” Otremba said.

The death penalty trial for Righetti has been postponed. His defense argues he has an intellectual disability and should not be executed. He will undergo an examination in October.

A Go Fund Me account was created for the Otremba family.

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