The family of a 19-year-old woman whose body was found near the 110 Freeway just north of Vernon Avenue spoke out Friday night.
The deceased young woman was identified by family members Friday as Evelyn Fajardo. Evelyn's body was found Tuesday under brush next to the 110 Freeway.
"I don't want to believe it. I want to think that she's going to text me, tell me that she's gonna come," said Maria Fajardo, Evelyn's sister.
Coroner's officials did not say how she died or reveal the condition of the body.
"To me she was like a model because I grew up with her. She was like a mom to me," Maria said.
Evelyn's family was struggling to understand why she died and if anybody was responsible.
Evelyn and Maria's mother left the girls in the care of their father 12 years ago. Maria wants to find the woman her sister always talked about and hoped to see again.
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An autopsy was performed on Evelyn's body Friday.
Detectives with the LAPD's criminal gang homicide unit were handling the case.
Family members have set up a gofundme account to raise money for her funeral.