COOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) - Loved ones have said their a final farewell to a South Florida 19-year-old whose life was taken too soon.
A celebration of life took place at the Cooper City Church of God for Miya Marcano, Thursday, before her coffin was escorted to her final resting place in Bailey Memorial Gardens in North Lauderdale.
Hundreds of family members and friends attended the service, including family from Trinidad and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“We know that it is a sad state of affairs, but God is our refuge and our strength, and He will give us peace in the midst of the storm,” said Marcano’s cousin. “None of us know the day or the hour when our time shall come, but she was taken too short from us, and therefore, her life, her living was not in vain, so we’re going to stand in faith believing that justice will be served for our beloved Miya.”
The funeral service began at around 11 a.m. On Wednesday night, a wake was held at the same church with close loved ones in attendance.
Music was a big part of the emotional farewell.
Lyrikal was among those who eulogized Marcano.
“So I want to say rest in peace to our beautiful guardian angel. Miya Marcano was an angel on earth and an angel in heaven,” he said. “We shall celebrate, and she shall party in heaven.”
“She was of a Caribbean culture,” said another speaker at the funeral. “She was of a Soca culture. She was a musical baby. She was a musical princess.”
Police said Marcano was killed by a maintenance worker at the apartment complex in which she lived and worked in Orlando.
Police said Armando Caballero, 27, killed Marcano before taking his own life.
Family members of Marcano said Caballero was obsessed with her.
Investigators said Caballero entered her apartment with a master key, waited for her to come inside and then duct-taped her mouth, hands and ankles.
Police said he killed her and dumped her body in a nearby wooded area.
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