JANUARY 12, 1978 -- OCTOBER 28, 2000

artist     writer    poet     dancer     singer     sculptor    actress

sister     daughter     friend




This website is dedicated to the memory of Wendy Soltero, a beautiful free spirit, who was taken from this earth at the age of 22 by a senseless handgun murder during a random robbery in Hollywood, California.  

A 1996 graduate of The Hockaday School and a senior art major at Occidental College, she was a talented artist, a brilliant thinker and an amazing individual. A blessing to her family and a friend to everyone, she lived life to the fullest, ever fearless in her quest to surround herself with the richness of life. Her memory is cherished by her mother, Beth, whose advice always managed to get through somehow; her father, Gene, who was constantly amazed and delighted by his little girl; her sister and soulmate, Karen, who will always be in touch through a bond that exceeds this lifetime.

On November 3rd, 2000, renamed "Wendy's Day," she was sent on her journey in a "New Orleans Style" walking funeral procession of family, close friends and neighbors in drizzling rain led by jazz musicians from the University of North Texas.  Her spirit soared with the release of balloons to the jubilant strains of "When the Saints Come Marching In" played in upbeat tempo.  A celebration of her life was held in the sanctuary at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

On May 20, 2001 Wendy was graduated posthumously from Occidental College with a bachelor of arts degree.  Karen received Wendy's diploma to a standing ovation of students, faculty and guests.

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