Ms. Silgüero’s brutal death comes approximately six weeks after
the family had just celebrated daughter Monica’s quinceañera.
Pictures of the event are still posted on a Toledo
photographer’s Facebook page. The sudden death of Ms. Silgüero
and the mysterious circumstances behind it also brought
immediate grief among those who knew her, along with prayers for
“My spirit was broken and my heart was saddened on hearing the
tragic loss. She truly was a gem, friend, and fellow
entrepreneur,” Jacob Estrada wrote on his Facebook page,
recalling how Ms.
Silgüero gave his daughter a job at her restaurant. “I will
always remember how Janeth took time to greet everyone, no
matter how busy it would be. She was so full of life and joy.”
“I'm speechless. This is horrible to lose a friend, is not
possible!!” wrote Norma Ramos-Prater on her Facebook
page. “From one moment to another so suddenly!! I miss you so
much, hope that God will take care of you and welcome you, and
help and bless your family!! You were a blessing to our
community!! I love you so much!!”
“I’m speechless. My heart feels heavy. I don’t know what to
think. I don’t know what to say,” wrote Claudia Avila. “I
will miss your follies, your laughter. It’s something impossible
to believe. You didn’t deserve this. You were a responsible,
hard-working person who didn’t mess with anyone.”
“This is horrible!! It was a pure act of senseless evil! Emilia
was a familiar face to most of the Southside community. She was
a sweet lady who only wanted her business to be successful,”
wrote Irene Elizondo. “It sickens me and breaks my heart
that someone stole her life from her and her family…and us!”
“When you see someone, who has a business and they stayed in the
neighborhood, that’s what makes it really, really sad to me,”
said Elaina Hernández, who grew up in the Old South End
and consoled a couple of her dancers who were related to Ms.
Silgüero. “They committed to being in this neighborhood and then
something happens to them. We need more people who are business
owners, who are responsible, who want to stay in the South End
to change that neighborhood.”
Other businesses and nearby nonprofit groups even chimed in
their condolences on Facebook.
“We have lost a beautiful member of our credit union and
community. Please keep the family in prayer,” read a post on the
Nueva Esperanza Community Credit Union page.
“We have lost a friend, a neighbor in business, and a true light
to the community. A true tragic loss to this world. We will miss
you!” read a similar post on the Sofia Quintero Art and
Cultural Center Facebook page.
As of press deadline, there have been no arrests in the case.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers