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EXCLUSIVE: Remembering Celine Carreno

News 11's Crystal Jimenez speaks with the slain toddler's family ahead of the anniversary of her death

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Coming up on the six year anniversary of Celine Matus Carreno's death, her grandmother celebrates justice and remembers her granddaughter for the happy little girl she was.

Nancy Matsumoto says Celine was like any other toddler, and she has so many great memories of her. "Every day was like a treat, a gift." Matsumoto says.

Until her life was tragically taken by her step-father who was found guilty of her murder this year.

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While Celine's family says they have justice for her death, they still wish they had answers. It's something Matsumoto says they may never get.

After Celine's stepfather's sentencing, Matsumoto and a few of Celine's other family members headed to her grave to celebrate justice and send her off. Purple balloons were released into the sky, Matsumoto says to signify Celine's freedom from the trial.

May 19th marks 6 years since Celine was found dead in her bedroom. Her family plans to visit her grave to celebrate her life.

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