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Jun 15, 2013 2:21 AM by Erika Flores

Shooting vicitm's family asks for help covering expenses

TUCSON - For the first time, the family of a Tucson mom killed earlier this week are speaking out.

Tina Soto was found shot to death in a car Tuesday night on the Southside.

She's the mother of three kids, and two of them were in the car with her during the crime.

They suffered no physical injuries.

Tina Soto's family addressed those who've been through any type of domestic violence situation.

"Please get help because this is painful, and I miss my little sister so much," sister Vanessa Soto.

Vanessa said no one deserves to go through what her sister did.

"She tried to get out of this situation," said Vanessa.

In 2008, she escaped a shooting when, according to court documents, the same man taken into custody for Tuesday's shooting also attempted to shoot her then.

"And unfortunately she lost her life doing the right thing and walking away from a situation that was not healthy for her and her children," said Vanessa.

She was killed Tuesday night in front of two of her children.

"She was a wonderful mother, and she was taken from them too soon too too too soon," said her aunt Rachel Tineo.

Soto's mother is now left with the task of raising them.

"I don't mind doing it because my daughter can't be here and I am just blessed to have my village because it takes more than one person. It takes a village to raise children," said Theresa Soto, Soto's mom.

Soto's mom said she's happy she has her village sitting right next to her.

She said she understands the children will need therapy to overcome this tragedy.

The family will have two car washes this weekend to help raise money for their family emergency fund.

The first car wash will be this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a tint shop on Irvington and 7th street.
On Sunday the car wash will be at Performance Paint and Auto Body from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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