ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - The horrific details of the death of 10-year-old Victoria Martens shocked the nation. At her memorial service Saturday, family, friends and the community tried to focus on who that little girl was and not how she was killed.
Songs of worship filled Copper Pointe Church -- a fitting way to remember Victoria because those who knew her best said she loved to sing and she was always full of energy.
"She would often run around her grandparent's lawn and do her gymnastics," said Laura Bobbs, Victoria's Godmother.
More than 600 people came to celebrate Victoria's life at the public memorial service, those who knew her and those who wished they did.
"She was just such an amazing girl and I'm so blessed and happy that we got to meet her and got to know her," said Veronica Brazas, mom of Victoria's friend.
"All described her as having a special spark," said Hector Balderas, Attorney General.
The horrific details of that little girl's death shocked the nation. Police said Victoria was killed by her own mother and two others in August.
Governor Martinez, Attorney General Hector Balderas and APD Chief Gorden Eden all spoke at the service and said the state must learn from what happened to her.
"Let us strengthen our resolve to look out for each other, to take care of each other, watch out for those who cannot take care of themselves," said Chief Gorden Eden, Albuqueruqe Police Dept.
Many people wore purple to the ceremony, which was Victoria's favorite color. Purple teddy bears were also handed out to the children that came. Parents said remembering Victoria was a somber reminder.
"Hold our kids closer everyday," said Brazas.
And as the doves released after the service flew high into the sky, her loved ones said they are sure -- Victoria's in a better place.
"She was one of God's borrowed angels," said Bobbs.
The three suspects accused of killing Victoria remain behind bars at MDC awaiting trial.