Leticia Yuzefpolsky is not an ordinary woman. She witnessed a very horrible tragedy in December 2008 when their happy family gathering turned into a dreadful Christmas eve massacre known as the Covina Massacre. But in spite of that devastating experience, Leticia chose to live life and be joyful. How did she find the will to carry on? Her faith in God.
Her friend Kristina Kuzmic, a famous online comedian and vlogger, sat down with Leticia in an emotional yet inspiring interview where she shared the painful experience as well her hope for the future.
“When I think about hope when I think about going through hell and then emerging and still being able to find joy and fulfillment in life, I think of my friend, Leticia,” Kristina said in the interview.
According to Leticia, her former brother-in-law, Bruce Pardo dressed as Santa Claus, disrupted a Christmas Eve celebration at her parents’ residence and killed nine of Leticia’s immediate family members.
“He came in with weapons in his bag and tried to take every single one of our lives,” Leticia recalls.
Leticia’s 8 year-old daughter was the first to be shot as she ran to greet her uncle. Thankfully it went through her cheek and she has made a fill physical recovery. Pardo then open fired on the the people who were once his family.
In a matter of minutes Leticia lost both of her parents, her four siblings, two sister in-laws and her nephew… but her faith grounded her amidst the sea of anguish.
“One of the things that helped me through my grief, absolutely, was my faith… I was not going to allow this form of evil or this darkness to overcome me or my family or my life.”
Leticia wanted to honor her loved ones by living life, holding onto love, and being there for her husband, kids, and family members.
“Life doesn’t end here. There’s a future. There’s joy. There’s love out there that they should embrace and focus on all the positive things that life is providing, and not hold on to the negative, the darkness.”
Leticia’s testimony reminds us to have faith in God even in unimaginable circumstances. If you are going through something painful right now, or you’ve lost a loved one, let Leticia’s story remind you to anchor yourself in Jesus’ love. He will lead you through the storm.
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Credits: Kristina Kuzmic
This article was written by Kriza Jo Tanduyan.