Friends and family remember Lauren's legacy

WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Friday was the 3 month anniversary of the tragic killing of 13 year old Lauren Landavazo and the shooting of her friend Makayla.

Since then, the community has rallied around Lauren's parents offering love and support.

This time is no different.

"Every day it's a struggle," said Bianka Landavazo.   "It seems like every day it gets harder and harder.  We miss her more the longer we don't see her."

Vern and Bianka said this was Lauren's favorite time of year.

"Because with Lauren it was all about Christmas," said Vern Landavazo.   "It was always centered around Lauren."

This year however, is different.

"This year we were not in a festive mood," said Vern.  "We were not going to decorate at all we weren't going to put up a tree we had plans to get out of town."

Bianka said there was one thing Lauren asked for every Christmas.

"Lauren was adamant about the Christmas lights," said Bianka.   "She wanted her daddy to get those up."

Lauren's parents decided not to put up lights on their house and around the yard this year.

"I said we're not putting up lights this year," said Bianka.  "I said Lauren would be disappointed."
They came home last week to find a surprise.

"We thought it was the neighbor's house when it pulled up and it was our house and it was like oh my gosh it's our house," said Bianka.

Friends and supporters decorated their home with hundreds of purple lights, Lauren's favorite color.
Vern has seen the love for the community these last 3 months.

"Just when you think you can't be more amazed and touched by this community and the stuff that they do," said Vern.  "It's not even just the people that we do know like our core group its people we don't know.  "We can't go anywhere someone coming up and hugging us and offering their condolences."

They're at a loss for words for what they did.

"For them to kind of come together and help us by just demonstrating the way they are the way they are the way they accept the way the reach out to people," said Vern.  "That's what keeps Lauren's memory alive.
"She's got her lights," said Bianka.  "They're purple."

Lauren's parents said they would like everyone do angel trees this year in Lauren's honor.  Those angels can be picked up at various places around town.  One of those places is Sikes Center Mall.