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Tribute to Catalina Torres

December 28th, 2010

Catalina Torres was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a beautician, a math tutor, and an all around soulful woman. After working her way out of an abusive relationship, Catalina dedicated her life to the cause of ending violence against women. She volunteered at STAND! and made an annual visit back to SMC to chat with members of 'Hermanas Unidas' and other students about how to recognize unhealthy relationships and how to access help. On September 6, 2008, Catalina's life came to an end when she was shot by the ex-husband of her cousin. Yet, Catalina's legacy lives on. Each fall, students, friends and family members gather for a Catalina Torres Night to Remember. This is an interview with Catalina Torres's mother and sister. Together, they tell the story of how she lived, what she stood for and why her life should be celebrated.