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Connecticut mom Sonia Loja’s murder-suicide leaves Danbury community shocked

A mom who despatched her children to the Connecticut daycare of a girl accused of killing her personal youngsters earlier than taking her personal life mentioned Thursday that she was shocked by the triple murder-suicide.

The girl attended a vigil for the slain household outdoors their Danbury dwelling Thursday night time and refused to imagine Sonia Loja, 36, would strangle her three youngsters.

“I can’t believe Sonia did this. I don’t believe what’s happened,” Nube Sucuzhanay, 33, instructed The Post. 

“Sonia was a good person. She loved and looked after her kids and was good with the kids she looked after.”

Sucuzhanay mentioned Loja got here to the US from Ecuador about 15 years in the past. Sucuzhanay trusted Loja along with her personal two youngsters and enrolled them in her daycare for seven years.

“I was very comfortable leaving my children with Sonia,” she mentioned. “[She was] just so good with children and so very nice.”

Loja ran an unlawful daycare out of her home and instructed the dad and mom of roughly 10 children that she couldn’t watch them Wednesday — the identical day police imagine she killed her personal children 12-year-old Junior Panjon, 10-year-old Joselyn Panjon and 5-year-old Jonael Panjon. Loja then took her personal life.

A girl could be seen crying in entrance of Sonia Loja’s residence in Danbury, Connecticut on July 28, 2022.
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Members of an Ecuadorian community in Danbury gather at the home of 36-year-old Sonia Loja on July 28, 2022 in Danbury.
Community members collect on the dwelling of Sonia Loja on July 28, 2022 in Danbury.
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Loja reportedly strangled every youngster one after the other earlier than she hanged herself inside a shed within the yard of her dwelling, police mentioned. Her husband and father of the youngsters, Pedro Panjon, discovered the our bodies when he returned dwelling and fainted on the grisly discovery.

Sucuzhanay was considered one of about 50 mourners who gathered outdoors the house Thursday night time for a vigil organized by the realm’s giant Ecuadorian community. The mourners sang hymns, recited prayers and lit candles for greater than an hour.

They created a makeshift memorial for the slain youngsters by putting prayer candles, flowers, white balloons and a teddy bear on the house’s entrance steps.

Toys and other belongings are shown on Sonia Loja's porch on July 28, 2022 in Danbury.
Toys and different belongings are proven on Sonia Loja’s porch on July 28, 2022 in Danbury.
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Police believe Sonia Loja killed her children 12-year-old Junior Panjon, 10-year-old Joselyn Panjon and 5-year-old Jonael Panjon.
Police imagine Sonia Loja killed her youngsters 12-year-old Junior Panjon, 10-year-old Joselyn Panjon and 5-year-old Jonael Panjon.
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A younger attendee who went to Saint Peter School with Joselyn from kindergarten to 3rd grade mentioned her late classmate was fiercely clever and type.

“Joselyn was a very smart, creative and helpful person,” Katelyn Jimenez, 11, mentioned. “Joselyn was always there when you needed her. She would comfort anyone going through a tough time.”

Katelyn mentioned Joselyn excelled in math and helped her when she was fighting math equations.

“To me, it seemed like she lived a good life,” Katelyn mentioned. “She was very positive. She was great at art and music, but she was also very smart at math.”

“I’m feeling sad,” she added. “She was a good classmate and friend.”

Tomas Vega, 31, was among the many many mourners who felt compelled to affix the vigil in help of the household, regardless of not figuring out Loja or her youngsters personally.

Vega, a father of two, couldn’t comprehend Loja’s violent final act.

“What would make you kill yourself and take the lives of your three kids?” Vega requested in disbelief. “Imagine seeing your first kid dead, then the next one, then the third one. Something really bad must have happened.”

If you’re fighting suicidal ideas or are experiencing a psychological well being disaster and stay in New York City, you may name 1-888-NYC-WELL totally free and confidential disaster counseling. If you reside outdoors the 5 boroughs, you may dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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