|As Cindy's children, the tragic loss of our mother and the brutal manner in which she was taken has left a void and despair that can never
be resolved. In our attempt to heal, we have to create some sort of purpose for our mother's death and a legacy in her honor and make
a difference in the world as we have come to know it..
We are proud to announce that the ‘Children of Murdered Parents’ foundation
is ready to be launched…as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization designed for the
support & betterment of those left behind after their
parent is murdered...Inspired by the murder of our
beloved mother, Cindy Ramos.
Our mother was a beautiful soul who gave us life, unconditional love, and taught
us to fight for all that is right. With that said, we have come to understand the
need to recognize and support those who have lost a parent to violence, and have
committed our lives to making the process a little easier for those left behind.
Sentencing of the Two Murderers of
Our Mother arrived unexpectedly on
February 2, 2010 when the Morgans
decided to plea guilty to 1st Degree
Murder with Special Circumstances
and were given Life In Prison
Without the Possibility of Parole!!!
|Some Case History/Information
|Sentencing Day Media & News Coverage
|Some of Our Poetry Written
In Memory of Our Mama...Cindy Ramos
'MAMA CINDY' Written by Becky Martinez, Cindy's Daughter In Law
M- others Day ,has always been a day We had looked forward to.
We’d go to the Cemetery, to see Grandma Ann ,then off to Juanita’s with Our Crew.
A- lways the first one to arrive at the Meet, because you were Always on Time.
Unfortunately ,your “Baby Girl “ didn’t take after you, so Kim was usually left behind.
M-emories, Stories and Photographs, are the way that we’ll see you this year.
But we’d gladly lock them away in our Minds, for a chance to have the real YOU here.
A-nd of course, any chance your Offspring has had, to tell a Joke or Story in Your Name.
Comes easy to them ,without a blink of an eye, because you Are a Woman without Shame!!!!!
C-hrissy and Kim ,your Two Beautiful Girls , Miss you with each minute that goes by.
But you’ve passed on your skills, of Goodness and Love, and you know that somehow they’ll Survive.
Your Proudest Moments ,you‘d attest, are the things they’ve Accomplished, ever since the day you’ve been gone.
There’s no Man, Woman, Mountain that could stop these Two Women …. for it was You ….that taught them to be strong!!!
Their fight is not over … in fact it’s only begun…and we know you’ll be beside them each day.
To Coach and to Council your determined Young Women ,Until In Your Name, “There Will be Change“!!!!
I-nspiration- , You’ve given Me , though you might not have known ,was one of the Qualities you possessed .
From Your death I’ve found out, so much more of Myself , much more than I would ever have guessed.
Love Deeper, Try not to Judge ,and Always take Photos ,are just some things that I’m working on.
But don’t think you can leave Now, I’m a Work in Progress, Oh No Lady ,Your Job is not Done!
N-ow on to your Boys, the Three Rug Rats of course, a Handsome , Tough Group of Young Men.
They’ve grown up so fast, but the last 9 months past , has taken a toll to No End. They are missing their Mom, the One
Woman in their Life ,who gave them Unconditional Love.
But now You’re their Angel, still providing all that ,only now ,it’s comes From Above.
D-aniel your eldest, Mamas First Born Child , still wants to pick up his phone every day.
Just to give you a call ,about nothing at all, cause you always had the right things to say.
He’d tell you a joke or complain about things, and you would kindly offer him your advice.
By breaking it down, the best way you knew how, and reminding him “Daniel Jon, You be Nice”.
Your Big Boy is truly just missing his Mom, and one thing that he’s said all along.
He’s never known how, truly Deep Pain can go, without You , A Piece of His Heart is Now Gone.
Y-our Son in law Steve, has been there all along , helping Chris and the Girls through Their Pain.
But now, his Mom Bettye, has joined You and God, so they’re All Going through it Again.
So give them some Messages ,every now and then, to let them Know You Both are OK.
And tell the Big Boss ,I know he Must have a Plan ,cause he took Two of the Finest Away.
Of course, all of your Grandkids, and your new Great-grandson ,will Always remember your Name.
Your Picture may Fade ,in their Memory with Age, but Your Love, Spirit and Legacy will Remain.
FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS
'My Painful Reality' Poem written by Kimberly Elisan-McKinney
youngest daughter of Cindy Ramos
I answered my phone and Freddie screamed “Mom is dead”
What was he talking about? Did I misunderstand what he said?
He quickly hung up the phone; My body & mind were so numb,
I felt so much pain in my heart...And to you I just wanted to run.
We drove so quickly to your house, But were told we couldn’t go in
We learned that two evil beasts took your life...
And committed a brutal unthinkable sin
At the police station, They confirmed it was true
Our Dear Mother was murdered...Oh My God…What do we do?
My heart seemed to stop, And then pound out of my chest
As I watched the pain of my siblings, And all of the rest…
Oh how could this happen...To someone like you
For with you was taken, A piece of all of us too…
As you laid there alone, On that cold bedroom floor
I wished I could save you...Or even kiss you once more
But we learned it was brutal...A scene so tough to see
My Beautiful Mother, Was taken from me
I just felt so lost and so empty inside
A feeling that lasts til this day
The pain just goes deeper and deeper
Oh God…How could our Mother be taken this way?
Why couldn’t anyone save her, Or have shown up at her door
Even to offer her comfort...As she laid alone on that floor
With all the love that she gave
She did not deserve something like this
Such a wonderful woman
Whose Love we always will miss…
You were taken so quickly...No chance for goodbye,
I try to be strong...But inside my heart I still cry.
I've heard Heaven is a place of beauty, Far beyond the sky so blue
And try to find comfort...Knowing God has made you his Angel too.
I remember how I felt, When they said you were dead
I wanted my life to end and be with you,
But knew that could not be said
For you would want us to move forward, Knowing you are just fine
But Mom it’s so hard...Will the pain ever fade in due time?
I guess it is here I will tell you, The goodbye I never got to say,
And how sorry I am I couldn't do anything
To help you or prevent them… taking you away.
But ‘goodbye’ seems so final, And I can't say goodbye yet forever,
I've a tear on my cheek… but a smile in my heart
For I know one day we'll be together.
"Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure...
You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure..." .
“You left us Beautiful memories, Your love still is our guide,
Although we cannot see you, You're Always at our side."
I Wasn’t There
Poem written by Kimberly Elisan-McKinney
youngest daughter of Cindy Ramos
On August 6, 2009, the Devil came to play
In human form he manifested and took your life away.
Unto his demons he whispered... Her love is far too great,
go slaughter, kill, destroy, who cares that it’s not late.
But God was also present, he wrapped you in his light
“come leave this shell, this human form, for this is not your
Yes they can have your body, let them do as they will,
for with each brutal strike, it’s their own soul that they will kill.
Your soul belongs with me, far away from human sorrow,
I'll give you peace, no fear, regret
No wanting for yesterday, today, tomorrow”.
So with his words you followed and left behind the pain,
Leaving behind a family, in whose hearts you’ll always remain.
Now we must bear the pain, you must now be our memory,
and live our lives with purpose, for the years you’re not here to
The tears still come to often, questions, regret and rage,
the details of that day will haunt us to our grave.
Six children lost a Mother,
And so many others have lost a Great Friend
The pain is just so deep, like a wound that will never mend.
But I know your soul surrounds us… I can feel your love so
For the love you instilled is amazing,
And something your family will always hold dear,
I just wish that I could see you... but was not given a choice
Yet I know that you are present, and constantly still hear your
“Don't cry for me I'm happy, & always remember times we share
And when you want me close, just remember times we share.
Please don't worry your hearts & minds...
As I wasn't even there.
You see...The Lord he came and got me, and took me far
So I wasn't in my body,,, when the devil came to play”.
Words can't begin to describe how I feel
Each night I lay down, stare into space
And pray this isn't real...
So quick you were taken, within the blink of an eye,
We have yet to figure out a pathetic reason why...
No excuse or explanation can ever justify,
The actions of those two heartless men,
They took from our family more than my grandma,
But also my best friend,
The sound of your voice still echos in my head,
I can even hear you sing,
I will miss your smile & the way you make me laugh,
Every little thing
So many memories to cherish, I will never let them go
I feel your spirit near and remember how you glowed
Grandmama's Girl, that's what you called me
Grandmama's Girl, that's who I will always be
I'll miss coming over and always having you cook
And sneak my fingers in the food, when you wouldn't look
I'd blame it on my mom, cause she's usually the one
Who'd do little things that get on your nerves,
Simply to have fun...
Can't leave out Freddie, your most annoying son
And how he always bugged you and never would be done
You couldn't help but laugh, cuzz we all did the same
We'd keep on buggin you, until you screamed our name
I wish we could bug you, just one more time
To hear you yell at Freddie, would even be fine
Some people may not understand the things our family does
We are simply just different, with many kinds of love
We also could be serious, but we all love to smile
Happiness feels much better, but a smile can go a mile
You were more than my grandma,
You were also my best friend
But that you'll always be until the very end
I could talk to you about anything
And know you'd be there
Not to look at me any different,
But to guide me with your cheer
I told you first about me being pregnant,
With my baby boy
You were so excited to be a great grandma,
And hold your bundle of joy
You called me everyday to send you a new picture
Of me and your boy...growing even bigger
As much as I want you there, the day that he is here
In my heart I know, you will always be near
I stare at the sky, my mind out to sea
A Great Grandmother, you were soon to be
I wish you the chance to spread your love to my son
Now I'll have to tell him...
How you shine brighter than the sun
Grandma I love you so much and hope you rest in peace
And pray that justice takes its toll on those two beasts!
by Angelica “Angie” Maravilla ,
Eldest grand-daughter of Cindy Ramos
It is hard to believe how much time has passed without you here. If I didn't have
a calendar, I'd say it wasn't true. I really don't know how we've made it this far..
But we know we couldn't have done it without the support of our family, friends,
& our newly added brothers & sisters who unfortunately know and share our pain.
|A Wonderful Mother, Grandmother, now a Great-Grandmother to 3,
Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend & Woman...
We thank all of you who attended the candlelight vigil in honor of our mother and the many other murder victims
remembered, as well as those of you who attended the breakfast fundraiser, donated to the Children of Murdered Parents
foundation, and to those of you who were unable to attend but have offered us your support in so many other ways, as it
is that support that has helped us and given us the strength to somehow make it this far. We are grateful for your
continued support as we move into a new phase of our healing through the power of this foundation, as we now strive to
move forward to new beginnings in helping others to somehow get through the pain we have come to know exists when a
parent is lost to murder.
August 6, 2010 - One Year Anniversary of Our Mother's Death...Candlelight
Vigil Held Honoring Our Mama and other Cictim's far and near.
August 7, 2010 - Breakfast Fundraiser at Applebees announcing the official
launching of Children of Murdered Parents, Inc.
Christina Barnes holds her daughter Briana as she &
her brother, Danny Martinez, mourn the loss of their
mother, Cynthia Ramos, at a vigil on the one-year
anniversary of her death. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Cal Skyhawk (left) holds Jason Livai’s hand as he
grieves over the death of his mother, Cynthia Ramos,
as Skyhawk led a blessing ceremony at a vigil on the
one-year anniversary of her death..Glenn
Murder victim Sandra Cantu’s family joins in a vigil
on for Cynthia Ramos and all murder victims of
2009 on the one-year anniversary of Ramos’ death.
Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Christina Barnes releases a balloon in memory of
a murder victim at a vigil for her mother, Cynthia
Ramos, on the one-year anniversary of Ramos’
death. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Elena Uranwala sings a song in honor of her aunt
Cynthia Ramos as she was remembered at a vigil
on the one-year anniversary of her death.
Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
August 6, 2010 - One Year Anniversary of Our Mother's Death.
|National Victims Rights Week
Sacramento State Capitol
April 11, 2011
Listen to the amazing song and tribute by
grandson Manuel "Manny" Martinez In Loving
Memory of his grandmother, Cindy Ramos.
In Loving Memory of:
In Loving Memory of:
Sunrise: August 22, 1950
Sunset: August 6, 2009
Mama is now a great-grandmother to three
beautiful little ones I am sure is so very proud
of and bragging about all through the heavens!!!
Remembering the Sweetest Voice
Website Created & Published by Daughter, Kimberly Elisan-McKinney, along with the help and support
of family. Feel free to visit our Guestbook & Comments page to post your thoughts, condolences,
pictures and words for Cindy & her family. Thank you, and may God continue to bless you.