April 21, 2014

Memorial service planned for 1-year anniversary of young mother’s slaying

Monica Soto and two friends had been giving a couple a ride home when the couple attacked the trio, police have said.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday in honor of Monica Soto, a 24-year-old mother slain one year ago.

The service will be held at 6 p.m. at Soto’s gravesite at the Mount Olivet cemetery, 2301 N. Sylvania Avenue.

Friends have said Soto and two friends were giving a couple a ride home April 22, 2013, when the couple suddenly began attacking the trio as they rode near the 3800 block of Terry Street.

Soto and 24-year-old Alberto Gonzalez were shot in the attack. The driver, Payton Neriah, was shocked with a Taser and beaten but escaped on foot.

Soto died en route to the hospital. Gonzalez survived.

One of the suspects, 33-year-old Gilbert Collins, was sentenced to life in prison in connection with an armed robbery of a game room that occurred two days before Soto’s shooting. A murder charge against Collins is pending, court records show.

His girlfriend, Lisa Ann Raspberry, remains in the Tarrant County Jail. She is charged in both the game room robbery and with murder in connection with Soto’s death. A trial date is set for next month.

Soto left behind a son, 6-year-old Jasiah.

Soto’s sister, Tiffany Martinez, will speak at the service and lanterns will be released into the sky.

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