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 Monica Nacole Vigil

Monica Nacole Vigil

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 2 Nov 1993 (aged 17)
Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 14 155 4
Memorial ID 36005 · View Source
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Our beautiful and courageous daughter, Monica, who also has been recognized for her heroism on the night she witnessed the brutal death of her Uncle Aaron, was tragically shot in her own bedroom in the early morning hours of November 2, 1993, in Murray, Utah.

Born June 13, 1976, in Salt Lake City, daughter of Raymond Lee Vigil and Ann Marie Chapman Stewart.

Member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. A senior in high school, and we all carry the pain and brokeness, knowing that she will not graduate with her classmates. She modeled for the McCarty Modeling Agency where her photograph was placed in files for future movie making.

Monica had a deep and unconditional love for her parents, her brothers and her sisters. She was gifted with generosity to her family and friends and was a great lover of humanity. She will be deeply missed by everyone, especially her mom and dad.

Survived by: Her parents, Raymond Lee Vigil and Ann Marie Chapman Stewart; stepfather, Wade Stewart and stemother, Michelle Vigil, all residents of Salt Lake City; sisters, Melinda Lee Ann Vigil and Gabrielle Vigil; brothers, Cody Lee Vigil and Scott Stewart; grandparents, Frank and Delores Chapman, the late Eddie Vigil and Tina Vigil; great-grandmothers, Ann Ferguson and Vida Chapman; godparents, Eve Kilpack and Kenneth Hadean.

Preceded in death by her loving Uncle Aaron Chapman. Also, her new kitten, Chaps.

Family visitation will be on Friday, November 5, 1993, 6 to 8 p.m., at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 1385 East Spring Lane (5000 South) with vigil services at 8:00 p.m.

Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, November 6, 1993, 11 a.m., at St. Vincent's Church. Interment at Murray City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contribution to the Monical Vigil Trust Fund at any First Security Bank.

"It is in loving care that we release the spirit of our special daughter Monica to the Lord. Her life on this earth was so short, but the impact that she left will live forever in our hearts. Her humor and caring and dedication is beyond our words-Peace to you, dear Monica."

Funeral directors, Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary

Deseret News Wednesday, November 3, 1993 Obituary


By Brian West, Staff Writer

A "lovers spat" that caused the death of Monica Vigil will likely cost her ex-boyfriend 15 years of his life.

Jason Richard Garcia, 18, was sentenced to prison Friday for one to 15 years. But the sentence also comes with an unusual recommendation from 3rd District Judge Frank Noel that he serve the maximum 15 years behind bars. Ironically, even Garcia asked for the maximum term during the emotional hearing.

"I don't even think 15 years is enough for what happened," he said while apologizing to members of Vigil's family in the packed courtroom.

Many in Vigil's family applauded loudly.

"No matter what I say, you guys will never understand what happened and neither will I," Garcia said. "It wasn't a planned thing and I'm sorry."

The 17-year-old girl was shot three times while lying in bed in her Murray home on Nov. 2, 1993. Police say Garcia fired the gun while standing outside her bedroom window, perhaps leaning through the window. The first shot was to the back of her head - execution style.

Garcia pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter but has not given an explanation of what occurred that night. Defense attorney Ken Brown said his client never intended to kill Vigil when he went over to her house.

"It was an argument about their relationship in danger. It was just a lovers spat," Brown said. "He simply had a gun and that's what happened."

Brown said Garcia always carried a gun with him wherever he went, even though he was on probation for crimes committed in juvenile court and was not allowed to own a gun.

Sondra Garcia tearfully described her son as "the sweetest boy" who is intelligent and remorseful for the slaying. "Something snapped in my son. I hope they can help him."

She said she wants to talk to youth in detention centers about the dangers of carrying guns.

"Sometimes you really don't know your kids. Nowadays, they've got too much pressure on them," she said. "They don't need to pack the guns, but they think they do. If a gun isn't in their hand, nothing could happen except for a fistfight."

Jason Garcia said he doesn't know what Vigil's family is going through but understands what it is like to be away from loved ones. "I didn't just take her life, I took part of her mom's, her dad's, her sister's and her family. I hurt my family and friends and everybody who cares about me."

But Vigil's mother, sporting a T-shirt that read "Eliminate pollution - execute killers," said Garcia's words were only said to "release his own guilt."

"I wasn't buying into it. They were just mere words," Ann Stewart said. "Fifteen years is not enough."

She said Garcia knows where the murder weapon is and will be coming back to use it again.

Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney Robert Stott said Garcia stole the murder weapon a month prior to the homicide and had abused his ex-girlfriend before. Police reports indicate Garcia cut Vigil with a knife during a fight and also dragged her by the hair throughout the house and down the street.

Vigil, who had tattoos of Garcia's initials, declined to press charges against him.

"I do believe 15 years would begin to satisfy justice," Stott said.

Salt Lake County Attorney David Yocom said his office will also write to the Board of Pardons and Parole and recommend that Garcia serve the maximum 15 years, but the ultimate decision lies only with the board.

He said his office was criticized for allowing Garcia, originally charged with murder, to plead guilty to manslaughter. "This was not a slam-dunk case. There was a possibility he could've been acquitted," he said.

Noel described the murder as a "travesty of indescribable proportions" and said Garcia will need a substantial amount of time in prison to receive the help he needs. He also ordered Garcia to pay a $4,595 fine and restitution for Vigil's funeral.

The families of Vigil and Garcia sat on opposite sides of the courtroom, but sobs filled the courtroom from each side.

"We know partially that the book is closed, but it remains open to our family," said an emotional Raymond Vigil, the victim's father.

But an equally emotional Richard Garcia said, "You all heard the sentence. My son's reply is that (15 years) wasn't enough, so I hope this young girl can rest in peace."

Deseret News Saturday, June 18, 1994




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
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