Student Dies Due to Heart Complications

“[Cristina] was a very lively person — she would brighten up the room,” Torres’ sorority sister Kim Garcia said.

 Literature professor Jorge Mariscal is hoping to create a scholarship in Torres’ name, to be given each year to a promising Latina undergraduate student. The scholarship is being planned.
“[Cristina] was always inquisitive and eager to learn,” ,” Mariscal said in an email.  ” I know that, given more time, she would have become a fierce defender of the Latino community.”

 Torres was pursuing a double major in Spanish literature and political science, with plans of attending law school.

She was also the social chair and an active member of the Sigma Pi Alpha sorority.

“She was the center of attention, the life of the party,” Marisabel Salinas, Torres’ sorority sister, said.

 Salinas and a few of her fellow sisters plan on getting Torres’s college degree awarded to her posthumously.  

Torres’s family held a memorial service for her in Sun Valley on Aug. 25. Her family and sorority members also hope to have a memorial service on campus, but a date has not yet been determined. 

Torres is survived by her sisters Karina and Fabiola Torres, her mother Irma Torres and her father Gregorio Torres.

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