Dec 20, 2013 7:46 PM by Erika Flores

Library adopts murder victim's family for Christmas

TUCSON - The family of a woman killed earlier this year will have something to look forward to this Christmas, the kindness of strangers, after going through a traumatizing year.

Stephen Malone is accused of killing Agustina Soto.

He was arrested days later by US Marshals in Los Angeles and was extradited back to Pima County.

Malone and Soto had three children together and two of their kids were in the car when Soto was shot.

The staff there adopted the family for Christmas and went all out on gifts.

Around 100 gifts for the Soto family and "nana" said she'll do her best to keep it a surprise from the kids until Christmas.

Tina Soto's three children call their grandmother Theresa, "nana."

"Thank you so much. I really appreciate them," said Soto.

After everything they've been through, Soto welcomes this gift.

"I just want to give everybody a hug," said Soto.

Soto hugged staff members of the downtown Pima County Public Library and friends from Homicide Survivors.

She can't believe they put this together.

"I want to say thank you to everybody who has reached out to my family and to the community who has also reached out and the people at the public library here at downtown. I am so grateful," said Soto.

The library adopted the Soto family for Christmas.

"I'm so thankful for you guys I really am. Wow. Wow. I sure did need a truck," said Soto.

Soto said she'll hide the gifts from her grandkids to surprise them on Christmas.

"They don't go in the garage. It's off limits," said Soto.

"Just to see the smiles and the screams and the laughter and the jumping up and down it's so worth going through all the hiding the presents," said Soto.

It's a beautiful surprise to make Christmas extra special this year as the family keeps Tina Soto's spirit alive. "Tina's spirit is with me and you guys. She's here," said Soto.


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