Family and friends gathered to pay their final respects to slain PCC nursing student Irais Acosta, 19 at St. Andrews Church in Pasadena on Monday.
The color purple dominated mourner’s attire during the morning services along with purple flowers, music and prayers.
“Purple was her favorite color and we wanted something bright and beautiful, like Irais was, instead of all black,” Acosta’s older brother Juan Acosta said.
“Irias wore purple to any event like dances and weddings, so it was touching to see everyone wearing purple to her service,” Acosta’s cousin Angel Olvera added. “Irias had a beautiful service and the family so deeply appreciates the support from the entire community.”
Acosta was killed in a shooting Feb. 16 at her boyfriend’s family home on North Raymond Avenue, police said. Her boyfriend, Jonjon Crummie, is accused of shooting her to death.
Crummie, 18, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder with a special allegation of using a handgun during an arraignment at the Pasadena Courthouse on Feb. 25.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Crummie on March 19, according to court officials.
The family had a private viewing at the family home on Marengo Avenue on Sunday.
“It was difficult and sad to view Irais like that in that casket, but it’s a comfort to know that she’s now resting in peace,” Olvera said.
Acosta was laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena.
As a final tribute to Acosta her eternal resting place was surrounded with a cascade of purple flower arrangements.