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Posted: Friday, May 13, 2016 12:30 am

  Regina Talabert tells anyone who comes in her proximity about her daughter, Noricia. She passes out fliers even to people who already know what is written on it. There is a manic energy to her passion that she doesn’t seem likely to renounce anytime soon. That is because she is working to keep the memory of her murdered daughter alive.

  Last October Noricia Talabert was gunned down with an AK47 when she was dropping a friend off. It was in a well known alley in FloridaCity that had been known for illicit dealings and violence. Regina can’t bring herself to pass by that location. This Saturday it will be the location where multiple churches and community leaders will meet for a Rally against Gun Violence. They will start there and then walk to

FloridaCityPark at 627 North West 6th Avenue.

  “12:00 pm to 6pm,” Regina repeated the time to the various people who showed up to a recent Florida City Commission meeting. While she will be at the rally in the park, she hasn’t quite figured out if she will make the starting point at that alley.

  Noricia was to be a nurse before her life was cut short and her mother is trying to set up a foundation to give out a scholarship for those similarly seeking a career in nursing. 

  Regina credits South Dade High School Principal Javier Perez for giving her the idea of starting a foundation when he reached out to her after the shooting. Perez has recently experienced an unfortunate accident that has lead to the amputation of his legs.

  Recently Regina attended her daughter’s prom with State Representative Kionne McGhee.

  “I wasn’t expecting it. I got up that morning feeling down and out, and I was crying because I knew this was her prom night,” she told the News Leader. “I was so down and depressed, I woke up at 3 in the morning and couldn’t go back to sleep.”

  So she started texting a couple of my friends, and one of them was an aide for Kionne McGhee. The representative asked if he could take her to the prom. She accepted. There was controversy as the impromptu gesture went against the school’s policies but she brushes those off and proudly shows off the pictures.

  If you would like to attend the rally it will be at 627 North West 6th street in FloridaCity from noon to 6pm.

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