Large crowd remembers Miya Marcano at funeral in Broward

COOPER CITY, Fla. – Family and friends of Miya Marcano packed the Cooper City Church of God on Thursday for a solemn yet celebratory funeral service.

A crown rested atop the late college student’s painted casket as loved ones shared their memories of her vibrant personality.

Hundreds had filled the same church at 9191 Stirling Road a night earlier, remembering the life the 19-year-old lived before her killing.

Marcano, a 2020 graduate of Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines was murdered in the Orlando area where she attended college.

Police say the killer was her co-worker, a maintenance man at the Arden Villa apartment complex where Marcano lived and worked in the leasing office. Investigators say Armando Caballero, 27, romantically pursued Marcano but she wasn’t interested.

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He eventually killed himself.

Marcano’s body was found Oct. 2 — more than a week after she had gone missing — in a marshy wooded area in Central Florida where detectives say Caballero had been on the night of Sept. 24.

Marcano’s family and a pastor emphasized the importance of respecting a woman saying no.

The family is now making it a mission through the Miya Marcano Foundation to help families of missing people and to help protect college students and the vulnerable.

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For more information about the foundation, and to donate to the Miya Marcano Memorial Fund, visit miyamarcanofdn.com.

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