September 24, 2023

(NewsNation) — It has been almost 5 months since Maria del Carmen Lopez was kidnapped from her house in Pueblo Nuevo, Mexico. Her household will maintain a prayer vigil for her in Norwalk, California Thursday at 7 p.m.

“My mother’s a powerful believer — prayer, hope and all that good power suddenly, we imagine that is going to achieve her,” mentioned Zonia, Maria’s daughter. “We’d like it as a household additionally, we’ve endured great ache.”

The 63-year-old U.S.-Mexico twin citizen was kidnapped on Feb. 9. Lopez relocated to Mexico round ten years in the past, however regularly returned to Southern California for medical appointments and to go to her household.

Zonia Lopez instructed NewsNation she believes it was a focused assault.

“She’s a US citizen. Everybody within the city is born there — raised,” Zonia Lopez mentioned. “I believe this was a focused assault with the considering or the information that she has her household right here in the USA and that we would have cash.”

Regardless of the abductors’ random demand, her household is unable to satisfy, they proceed to carry onto hope because the passing weeks have was months, however their religion retains them sturdy.

In an emotional attraction to her mom’s captors, Zonia Lopez urged them to return her: “Please give her again, it’s been shut to 5 months and we clearly don’t have the cash you’re asking for. She wants to come back house. We miss her and we want her right here.”

The household can also be searching for assist from President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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“We’ve reached out and we have been pleading to the president to please deploy our sources. Though the FBI is on the case, we nonetheless want solutions and we don’t have our mom,” Zonia Lopez mentioned.

Zonia Lopez mentioned she final spoke to her mom about ten weeks in the past and “she’s pleading for her life,” and has requested her youngsters to adjust to the captors’ directions.

Zonia Lopez mentioned she believes the FBI and Mexican authorities have been in a position to hint the placement of the cellphone calls; nevertheless, they’ve obtained restricted updates on the investigation.

“It’s very tough to get something concrete. We’ve got obtained some leads, however they don’t lead us to her,” Zonia Lopez mentioned. “I believe that also, the folks in Mexico and listed here are perhaps not right here a lot, however they’re scared to come back ahead. We wish to nonetheless spotlight that they’ll come ahead; it’s nameless.”

A $25,000 reward is being supplied for Maria del Carmen Lopez’s secure return.

“The feelings each day from anger, unhappiness, and simply typically hopelessness we have to come collectively and unite and elevate the story, be sure that we proceed to unfold her title to convey her again house secure,” Zonia Lopez mentioned.