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Vigil held for Hartford woman who was beaten and died from injuries

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Friends and family remembered a 48-year-old Hartford woman found partially clothed and severely beaten who later died from her injuries.

Relatives said Sonia Rivera was found last Thursday night and had been on life support until the weekend.

"She'd always pinch our cheeks and give us hugs and say how beautiful we was and just compliment us," said Rivera's daughter Noemi Torres. "She was a good person."

An organ donation ceremony was held in her honor at Hartford Hospital on Wednesday morning.

"There's the potential to save eight patients with what we call solid organ transplants," said Kathryn Ruszczyk, who is the nurse manager for the Neurotrauma Intensive Care Unit.

She added at least four people will receive organs from Rivera in the near future. 

While Rivera may have given the gift of life to five children, it's still a mystery who caused her death.

"I don't know what people are trying to cover up or if it's just people that don't care," Torres said. "But somebody should know something."

She was found in an alley off Washington Street in Hartford and was partially clothed. She was suffering from a severe head trauma after being beaten, police said.

Family members said Rivera had a mental disability, drug issues and no job at the time of her death.

She was on life support for several days and according to her sister, when she was taken off, she could not breathe on her own and she died.

Police have not said if they have a lot of leads on who did this to her.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hartford police at 860-757-4000 or by calling the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.

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