Loved ones remember life of disabled woman found in suitcase

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EL CAJON, Calif. -- “Brooke, she was a nonverbal child,” Erica Russell said about 28-year-old Brooke Macbeth.

Authorities found Macbeth's remains inside a container at her mother’s Lakeside apartment last week after law enforcement officers showed up to serve an eviction notice.

“She could tell you with the look of her eyes if she was sad, angry, happy,” said Russell, who was Macbeth’s special needs aid for 5 years.

The victim’s mother, Bonnie Macbeth isn’t facing charges.

Those who knew and worked with the young woman over the years came together Friday at John F. Kennedy Park in El Cajon to remember the victim the way they claim she deserves and not by the circumstances surrounding her death.

“I will remember Brooke with a smile, a beautiful long ponytail,” said one woman.

Many who attended the candlelight vigil knew the victim’s mother and said the death is shocking.

“I would like to tell Bonnie that we don’t know the circumstances that she went through and I just hope that Brooke passed of natural causes and Bonnie just didn’t know what to do…I don’t feel that Bonnie would’ve ever hurt her own child. They loved each other very much,” said Russell.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to determine the cause of death.

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