After Yesenia Sesmas was found guilty of first-degree premeditated and intentional murder of Laura Abarca, the district attorney told the family to get out of the courthouse and enjoy the beautiful day.
“I don’t know how to put it into words,” says Jose Abarca, Laura Abarca’s brother. “I think it felt like we have a big weight off off our shoulders.”
It’s the closest thing Jose Abarca will ever get to justice.
Sesmas convicted of killing his sister.
“For us to have the peace that we don’t have to deal with that person again being free,” says Abarca.
Justice comes at a high cost. It doesn’t bring back his sister or baby Sophia’s mother.
“Sometimes we have good days, and sometimes we have bad days, and I always think what would she be doing? Like right now, what would she be doing with Sophia? What would we be doing together?”
But, in the backyard, on a pretty day, it’s enough.
“She needs full attention every day,” says Abarca. “Muchos crazy.”
That means very crazy and baby Sophia is crazy but Jose is crazy about her. With the trial finally over, he’s able to put everything behind him.
It’s the closing of one door that leads to the opening of another and knowing one day they will all be together again.
“I know she is somewhere, and I know she can see us, and we will get to see her again sometime,” says Abarca. “I strongly believe that.”