Thursday, September 13, 2007
A memorial fund has been set up in Brianna Simon's name at First National Bank of the Rockies. The fund is to help Isaias Simon Urrutia with travel expenses for out-of-town family members and other immediate financial needs. Donations can be made to the "Brianna Simon Memorial Fund" at any First National Bank of the Rockies branch in Colorado.
Steamboat Springs The message Father Ernest Bayer delivered during Wednesday's memorial service for 1-year-old Brianna Simon was simple: love one another.
"We were all created in the image of God, which is love," he said after the service. "Sometimes selfishness gets in the way of that love and faith helps us get back to our original purpose, which is to love each other."
Bayer, of Holy Name Catholic Church, and a Spanish translator delivered a traditional Catholic ceremony for Brianna, who died Sept. 6. Bayer said Brianna's private service was attended by family and friends as well as community members, including police and hospital officials. Brianna wore a pink dress and was laid to rest with several stuffed animals in her casket, Bayer said.
"She was so small," he said. "She just looked like she was sleeping."
Mitch Locke, director of Yampa Valley Funeral Home, arranged the service as a donation to the family.
Public Safety Director J.D. Hays said the service was well attended and called it "very emotional."
Brianna was laid to rest at Steamboat Springs Cemetery at about 3 p.m.
She died from unknown injuries suffered in her parents' Walton Pond apartment. Her mother, 33-year-old Luz Cisneros, was arrested Sept. 6 on suspicion of first-degree murder.
The family has declined to comment about Brianna's death and her mother's arrest.
Bayer said coping with a child's death can be very challenging for not only the child's family, but also the community.
"I challenged them to bring new life out of this tragedy by loving each other," he said.
Bayer urged the community to continue to support one another in the days and weeks to come.
"Just because someone looks like they're holding up OK on the outside, doesn't mean they are," he said. "We should all really try to help each other and our young parents with children."
Cisneros is in custody in Pueblo, but she is expected to return to Routt County Jail.
Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James said Wednesday he could not discuss the case to ensure Cisneros receives a fair trial.
"Ethically, I am prohibited from commenting on the facts of the case," he said.
Hays also declined to comment on specifics about the case, saying the investigation is ongoing.
Cisneros is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 1 p.m. Sept. 26 for a status conference. Attorneys could schedule a bond or preliminary hearing at that time.