ROSAMOND – To mark five months since her suspected kidnapping, a vigil for missing Littlerock woman Monique Figueroa will be held this Saturday, Oct. 10, at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, family and supporters announced.
According to friends of the family, stock car driver Jerry Baxter will be racing to bring awareness to Monique’s disappearance, along with the family’s efforts to bring her back home.
Stacy Stilwell, a friend of the family, said the event will start at 5 p.m. at the Willow Springs Raceway. She said supporters will set up booths in spaces 23, 26, 48 and 50 at the racetrack to take donations and sell T-shirts to fund awareness for Monique’s alleged kidnapping.
People attending the raceway event are encouraged to bring food, drinks and chairs, Stilwell said.
Jeff Figueroa, Monique’s father, said family and friends are still putting everything they have into finding the 27-year-old mother who went missing May 19.
Though Jeff could not talk about any developments in the case, he told The AV Times that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives “got more information and are currently working on some [leads] this week.”
“We’re just trying to find Monique and bring her back home safely,” he said by phone. “I can’t jeopardize the search for my daughter by the detectives, but maybe we’ll know more by this weekend. … All we want is to bring closure to the family, and pray that she comes home safe.”
Raceway announcer Chuck Simmons said the idea for supporting the family’s search for Monique came from a recent Sylmar High School alumni reunion in Canyon Country, where fellow alumni Jerry Baxter, who is friends with Jeff, agreed to dedicate his race to the missing Littlerock woman.
Simmons estimates that about 350 Sylmar High alumni members will be at Saturday’s event to support Baxter’s race for Monique.
He said Saturday’s races will include Hobby Stock racing (where few modifications are allowed for an engine) and Mini Stock racing (for smaller engines, such as 4-cylinder), as well as skid-plate racing, where drivers of front-wheel-drive cars with their rear wheels removed will compete while sliding around the track.
Those who cannot attend the raceway vigil are encouraged to light candles and say prayers for Monique at home on Saturday, Oct. 10. More information is available here.
A GoFundMe page for Monique has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/findingmo.
Additional information on the Willow Springs Raceway event may be found on the organization’s Facebook page here.
Admission to the raceway on Saturday is $10 at the gate, which includes access to any track, and $5 for parking in the grandstand area. The Willow Springs International Raceway Park is located at 3500 75th Street West in Rosamond. For more information on Saturday’s event, call 661-256-6666 or visit http://www.willowspringsraceway.com].
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