Mariesha Collins was a loving mother who, despite her struggles with Lupus and Crohn’s disease, cared for three children on the south side of Chicago.
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FONTANA, Calif. (CBSLA) — On Monday evening, dozens of friends and family members of Mariesha Collins, a juvenile probation officer who died tragically in a suspected street racing event in Fontana, came to memorialize their beloved mother, friend, and coworker.
Mariesha Collins’ vigil is attended by friends and relatives. (Image courtesy of KCAL9 News)
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Collins, who was a few weeks short of her 56th birthday, was slain on December 10 while out shopping for gift cards for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Project. A 20-year-old motorist crossed a red light and crashed with her vehicle while she was driving on Baseline Avenue and San Sevaine Road in Fontana.
The driver and four other passengers in the car with the 20-year-old were taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries, while first responders tried to save Collins’ life, but he died at the site.
Collins’ family remained away from the area of the tragedy until the vigil on Monday. “We were so sad that night,” Myron Carr Smith said of the enormous grief she and the rest of her family felt in the days after the shooting. Since that night, this is the first time I’ve really been on the scene… It’s been really difficult.”
Collins, whom her family called to as “their angel on Earth,” took her job seriously, and as a Los Angeles County juvenile probation officer for over 27 years, she provided a motherly role to many children who had never had one before.
Marlon Collins and Mariesha Collins.
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Collins, a mother to many, would read goodnight tales to children in different probation camps, and her life aim, according to her son Marlon, was to promote compassion. “The amount of anguish that we are experiencing is enormous. With all of that, I’m confident in her strength and spirit, which, like her grin, will never fade.”
“She was signing the names of the parents to deliver to these youngsters,” she said of the gift cards she was out purchasing for the children of convicts. Collins’ son said, “She didn’t want anybody to know she was doing it.”
Many people gathered to remember that “many of the youth never had a parent, a loved one, read them a bedtime story – but she did.” Her boss, Adolfo Gonzales, Chief Probation Officer of the Los Angeles County Probation Department, was one of many people who gathered to remember that “many of the youth never had a parent, a loved one, read them a bedtime story – but she did.”
Collins’ family has promised to continue her charitable attitude, beginning with ensuring that the gift cards she had purchased for those youngsters reach their intended recipients.
Furthermore, in the aim of saving lives, they have a message for their community: be cautious, pay attention, and slow down.
“We don’t want other families to have to go through this.” “This isn’t just for Mariesha; it’s for everyone who has lost a loved one due to careless driving,” Carr Smith added.
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Collins will be remembered for her enormous heart, proclivity for compassion, and legacy of generosity.