May 2, 2007


For the past two months, the three Muñoz children have not slept in their rooms. They pile together onto their parents' queen-sized bed, comforted by the familiar scent of the covers. A photo of the couple is tucked under one of the pillows, a reminder of better times.

Nine-year-old Adilene's room across the hall lies just as it has since late February, the pink bedspread unruffled. They seldom venture upstairs to 16-year-old Leslie's room anymore because it brings back bad memories. That's where the girls had dozed off on the plush yellow comforter, tired from doing homework, the night everything changed.

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