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Sun Valley: Edith Moreno Gomez, 11

September 9, 2009 | 11:24 pm

Students from Grant High School in Van Nuys gather outside the Sun Valley house where the throats of their classmate, Diana Moreno, and her sister Edith were slashed. (Stefano Paltera / For The TImes / September 4)

Edith Moreno Gomez, an 11-year-old, Latina, died on Wednesday, Sept. 2 after her throat was slashed in the 7800 block of Irvine Avenue in Sun Valley, authorities said.

Edith Moreno, 11[Edith's age was initially reported as 12 but, according to coroner's officials, her 12th birthday would have been in October.] Her sister, Diana Moreno, a 16-year-old Latina, was killed in the same incident.

On Friday, Sept. 4 their mother, Antonia Gomez, 38, was arrested on suspicion of killing her daughters.

The following is an excerpt from the Times report on the killings: Troubles had mounted for mother suspected of killing two daughters

Edith Moreno was only 12 years old, but last week the Sun Valley girl had a serious question for her friend and next-door neighbor Karina Valdez.

What happens when we die?

Karina and her parents are Jehovah's Witnesses. Taking her Bible, 12-year-old Karina explained that death was like going to sleep and waiting to be resurrected by God.

"I didn't really think anything about it because we were teaching her about our other beliefs," said Karina's mother, Irene Bell. "Edith was just a wonderful, happy child. She was the biggest tomboy. She never complained about anything. "

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Top photo: Students from Grant High School in Van Nuys gather outside the Sun Valley house where the throats of their classmate, Diana Moreno, and her sister Edith were slashed. Bottom photo: Edith Gomez, 11 (Stefano Paltera / For The TImes )


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Comments (8)

What a tragedy for everyone involved.

I am sure Jesus' heart is bleeding for the two young girls and the mother and the rest of us, for the cruelty to which man has fallen was not what he wanted from us.

i cry for them poor little girls

Really sad, I don't understand how a mother can kill her own children. I know she was going through some rough times but, that does not justify her doing this.

I knew Edith......wonderful girl.......I can't believe it........RIP Edith

I knew her sister diana. She was very talented. I miss her. RIP Diana Moreno. 9.3.92-9.2.09

Diana was the light of my life she was over at my house EVERY day.
I miss her every single day...
and Edith was always so happy and full of life..
I love both of them very much..

Edith was my friend at Madison Middle School. When I heard of this I was really sad.



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