That's what Maria thinks led Angie to Allen Andrade.

"She wanted to be loved so much she was willing to trust people that she thought were trustworthy," Maria says. "That was a hard lesson. Somebody like that, she probably thought that he was honest and he wanted a relationship."

Maria blames herself for Angie's death. She goes over and over it in her head: If only she hadn't lent Angie the car. If only she had looked out the window to see who was with Angie when she returned. If only Angie had been living with her, and not in her own apartment. Maria's other children tell her to stop, to leave Greeley and be closer to them in Fort Lupton. But Maria can't leave. She can't leave Angie. "There's times I would feel her presence here," she says. "I can even smell her. That's how much I miss her.

Angie Zapata and Rochelle Camacho.
Angie Zapata and Rochelle Camacho.
Angie Zapata (upper left), her brother, sisters, nieces and nephew took this family portrait for Angie's mother.
Angie Zapata (upper left), her brother, sisters, nieces and nephew took this family portrait for Angie's mother.

"When I go to work, I have to come back home, rush back home to be with her," she adds. "I don't want to leave her alone. I say, 'I'm here, baby, I'm here. I'm home.'"

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