Memorial held for deceased woman found inside Miami condo

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A memorial was held for a 28-year-old woman who was found dead in her Miami condo, last Thursday.

Over 40 friends and family remembered Michelle Aranda at her memorial in Miami Beach, Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, officials said they will not know how Aranda died until the Medical Examiner gives them a full report.

Miami Police discovered her body inside her condo at Serenity on the River, along 17th Street and Northwest North River Drive, on May 11. They said the body was so badly decomposed that they could not tell the gender of the person.

“It’s the worst feeling you could ever think of,” said Aranda’s friend, Juliana Asmar. “It’s something you never expect to go through.”

According to officials, Aranda’s mother called police and asked them to check on her daughter. That’s when they found Aranda’s body.

“She’s the type of person that makes you want to be a better person,” said the victim’s friend, Leidy Labrador. “She’s always smiling. Even if you’re sad, she’ll make you happy.”

Friends said Aranda was full of life and loved to travel. “This is devastating,” said Sharon Taxira, a friend. “Just devastating. I don’t know how anyone could have done this to her.”

Officials are leaving this case as unclassified until the Medical Examiner releases a cause of death.

Police also continue to search for Aranda’s vehicle, a black Mini Cooper with the Florida tag EACZ50, which has been missing.

If you have any information that could help investigators, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.


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