Aida Magdaleno

Aida Magdaleno, 19

Died: September 12, 2008
She cared about everyone. She had an aura. She was very pure at heart.
— Juan Magdaleno, older brother, 33
Magdelano was the daughter of farmworkers who planned to be a social worker to help her community. She was two weeks in to her sophomore year at Cal State Northridge. She was travelling home to Camarillo, where her parents lived, to attend her nephew's baptism.
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122 memories of Aida

this is the sister of the girl (Gabby) who was on tv waiting at the next station for her to arrive. I saw her on tv all evening getting more and more desperate for not being able to reach her very sad that she is one of the victims.

— gaby
September 13, 2008 at 9:51 p.m.

you were such a great girl, caring and loving ull never be forgotten!we all miss u!!love you girl!

— Rosy
September 13, 2008 at 9:57 p.m.

Our hearts go out to Gabby and her family on the loss of Aida. Our prayers are with the Magdaleno Family.

— Rita
September 13, 2008 at 10:15 p.m.

my other half... you were the reason i realized i wanted to become a school counselor through you I saw the change I could be... I wanted to help others the way I helped you my sweet little sister... because to me you were always my little girl. Through me you will realize your dreams through me you will live and through me you will help out all those people you wished to touch and change. I will live for you and I will keep this promise and I will take care of my parents(your heroes... i remember you told me that like a week ago... that you wanted to help them buy a house and that you wanted to return all they sacrificed for us) and sister i promise you that I will make sure I make your dream come true I will be there for my parents... we miss you very much sarquita... in your eyes I will see the sparkle to my future and that of our family. I will forever have you in my heart and I will love you forever.

September 13, 2008 at 11:26 p.m.

I am so deeply sorry for your loss, so many thoughts and prayers are with you Gabby and your family.

— Shila
September 14, 2008 at 1:05 a.m.

Gabby, I don't know you but I am so sorry about you and your family's loss. It broke my family's heart when we saw you on TV. We were hoping that she was safe would call you soon, please know that our prayers are with you. I have a 19yr little sister too and I cried when I saw the pictures of you both on TV. Please know that nothing breaks the bond of sisters, not time, not space and certainly not death. She will always be with you until you both can be together forever.

— Mary
September 14, 2008 at 4:12 a.m.

My prayers and thoughts have been with Gabby and her family constantly this weekend. They are a beautiful family. Please God, bless them, watch over them, and take care of their Angel.

— John
September 14, 2008 at 6:22 a.m.

Gabby and family,

I am very sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family. Rest in Peace Aida.

— Albert Carrillo
September 14, 2008 at 7:04 a.m.

God bless you and your family Gabby! I have Aida in my toughts and prayes.

— Luz Gonzalez
September 14, 2008 at 7:27 a.m.

My thoughts and love to this young woman's family and friends. Her presence will clearly be greatly missed. May her life be an inspiration to others...

— Ellen
September 14, 2008 at 9:06 a.m.

I didn't know Aida. But I watched the television, with so many others, and was so saddened when I saw Gabby interviewed. My heart was heavy when I saw her pain and fear and confusion. I waited, too, for word about her sister Aida. My heart sank when I heard on the news that Aida was among those who did not survive this terrible accident. I just happened to read the comment from Gabby, and felt compelled to write this message to her.
I want to encourage you, Gabby, to follow your dreams and goals. You will make a wonderful school counselor. And you will touch lives in that role, as you have already touched so many of us through this ordeal. I hope that you're able to realize this goal. Your tender heart is so obvious to me and, although it feels broken right now, it will later serve you well when you step into a role of helping others who are also in pain, or are confused or lost, or just need some reassurance and maybe a hug.
I send everyone in Aida's family my sincerest condolences for this tragic loss.
Sincere sympathy...

— Wendy
September 14, 2008 at 9:59 a.m.

You will be missed so much Aida

— Antonio
September 14, 2008 at 10:51 a.m.

I was shocked when I heard the news about Aida yesterday. Utter disbelief was all I could feel for several hours. Aida and Gabby both are wonderful souls full of compassion and a desire to help others. Aida loved Gabby and her family so much. She often spoke of them and wanted to make them proud. She did that each and everyday. Our community has lost someone who would have made a difference. That makes Aida's loss even more painful. I encourage Gabby to stay true to her plans and know that people are here to help her every step of the way. My thoughts are with the Magadeleno family. I am so sorry for your loss.

— Kristin Swenson
September 14, 2008 at 11:10 a.m.

I did not know this young woman, but our hearts go out to her family! I understand there is a fund to help pay for her funeral. If anyone knows where a contribution can be sent to please email me.
(my husband was suppose to be on that train but decided to drive home that day). We are very blessed!

— Marilyn
September 14, 2008 at 11:53 a.m.

not completely sure of who she is or what she looks like, but i am quite sure i would recognize her if i saw her. i took the same train with her and happened to not be on it on friday. but i pray for her family and that she may rest in peace.

— matt
September 14, 2008 at 12:44 p.m.

I was so touched by Aida's sister and her love I had to follow up , I am so sorry for you and your families loss. It is so hard to comprehend but I think she is with the Angels...

— teresa
September 14, 2008 at 12:46 p.m.

My prayers are with the Magdaleno family. We do share the same last name and I cant help but wonder if somehow we are related. Gabby you will always be in my prayers and I am truly sorry for your loss.

— Juls Magdaleno
September 14, 2008 at 12:51 p.m.

Gabby, I am very sorry bout your sister Aida. I could only imagine what you are going through, I only have one brother and no sisters, so I have learned from this that you should treat and love everyone like there is no tomorrow...Our Hearts go out to you and your family, xoxo

Love Always the Arias and the Garcia Family.

— Zamira Arias
September 14, 2008 at 1:40 p.m.

My prayers are with your sister and your family. I watched your sister on TV and I prayed for your safe return. I also now pray for your family as they struggle with this senseless tragedy. You were a shining star in their lives and now will be one in their hearts. I have children your age and tonight I will love each one of them more for the fact that someone that I never knew touched me so much. My prayers and my love, God bless you all.

— Pamela Benson
September 14, 2008 at 2:08 p.m.

Aida was one of those people who would always end up putting a smile on your face. She was so kind, beautiful, smart, and caring. She would put some time aside for those who asked for her help. She was such an inspiration. My prayers are with the Magdaleno family.

— Marisela C.
September 14, 2008 at 2:32 p.m.

Gabby, My heart is broken because of your loss. I prayed that your sister would be found alive. I pray now that God will give you and your family the strength to get through this terrible tragedy. Let me know how to send a contribution to help with whatever you need. My email address:

God bless you and your loved ones and give you peace.

— Nellie Umfress
September 14, 2008 at 2:39 p.m.

Gabby, I heard you on TV and your deep love for your sister was felt when you spoke about your sister. This touched me so much that followed the news. I was really shocked when i heard the tragic news. I pray to God to provide strength and courage to you and your family. I will keep you and your family in prayers. God Bless you all.

— Elizabeth
September 14, 2008 at 2:51 p.m.


My prayers are with you. I watched with sadness and prayed for you to hear news of your sister. We live close to the Metrolink station and wanted so much to go and pray with you. I have two younger sisters and it made me realize how strong the bond between sisters can be. Stay close to your loved ones and they will help you through this. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

— Christina
September 14, 2008 at 2:57 p.m.

Aida (primita) we miss your so very much. I still remember your pretty litte smile every time you came into the bank. You were always full of energy. Remember how you use to ask me for advice about your hair. Always asking for new ideas of what to do with it differently. I'm so proud of you, for always doing your best in school and never giving up no matter how many obstacles you had to face. You will always be in our hearts and prayers. God bless you and we love you very much.

— Sandra Navarrete
September 14, 2008 at 2:59 p.m.

Dear Gabby,

My family and I are so saddened by your loss of Aida. I was so deeply moved to see your desparate search for your sister on Friday night--and I kept listening to the news to see what had transpired. I can't imagine how helpless you and your parents felt, but know that all of LA is behind you and your family.

Your relationship with your sister and your family is one that you obviously deeply cherish and one that others should live by.

May Aida's memory live forever in your hearts and minds.

Our prayers are with you.

— Larry
September 14, 2008 at 3:14 p.m.

I dont know you or your sister but I saw you on TV prior to knowing your sister had passed and I was so moved by you. I prayed to God your sister would be found safely, I kept watching the news hoping to hear good news, and last night I found out Aida was gone. I cried at your loss and cried for this senseless ordeal has cut your sisters life too short. If anything can give you peace...please know your sister was meant to move on and do bigger and better things in her new life with God. I am truly so sorry and you and your family are in my deepest thoughts and prayers. Remember...God only selects the most beautiful roses for his garden...that is why he needed Aida. Bless you mama...and Aida.

— Kelly O'Connor
September 14, 2008 at 3:23 p.m.

I am so sorry for the untimely loss of your sister; my heart goes out to you and your family. You always spoke so highly of Aida whenever you talked about her on our car rides to class. It was comforting to hear that your whole family seems to be so close and supportive of each other. I'm certain your sister will live on through you.

— Jeff
September 14, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.

Gabby and Family,
My heart goes out to all of you during this very difficult time. I felt it necessary to write. Like others I saw Gabby on T.V. and cried as she was interviewed. I knew her pain and could relate to her, since I lost my brother in a tragic accident not long ago. I remember calling his cell in hopes of hearing his voice, and like Gabby I feared the worse when there was no answer. ---Gabby, the loss of a sibiling is a great loss, I can see that you and Aida were close and come from a close nit family. My brother, like Aida had said --that he loved my parents and wanted to help them. He too, shortly before he passed, told me he wanted to buy a new truck for our Dad soon. (He had just gotten a really good job) His life was cut short at only 24 years of age. But Gabby, you are right to want to fulfill your sister's wish. I'm so furtunate, and was blessed to fulfill my brothers wish. When I got my Dad his new truck, I was so happy because I knew that my dear brother from heaven helped me do this.
Gabby, remember that you will forever have an Angel guiding your way. Your dear sister Aida will forever be your Angel. Remember, let us at least me thankful that we were able to share a portion of our lives with our dear siblings, if only for a short time. We were blessed to have them in our lives, and remember we will be better people in this world because of them. May Aida be your inspiration to fulfill your dreams. God bless you and your family. And may he give you the stregth to endure this very difficult time.

— Maribel
September 14, 2008 at 4:38 p.m.

As I watched you on television Friday, I prayed. I saw the love for your sister and the fear in your heart as you were waiting for news of her. I cried then, and again on Saturday when I heard the terrible news. I cannot imagine how your family must feel. I pray now that God will give you strength and peace during this terrible time. Please do not give up on your sisters or your dream. You touched the hearts of many as we watched you on television. My love and prayers go out to you and your family. Many are brokenhearted with you, and are saddened by the heartbreak that you are feeling.

God Bless you

— Gloria
September 14, 2008 at 6:29 p.m.

Gabby and The entire Magdaleno family,

Our community was also affected by this tragedy. A Hart High School student, Kari Hseih, was only 17. She will be missed dearly along with Aida. They were both young and so full of life. So many similarities. To young to be taken from their family and friends.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family as well as to the many others we did not know who were involved in this awful tradgedy.

Life is so prescious and it can be taken at anytime.
God bless and you are in our thought always.

Santa Clarita Valley

— Shelly Eagles-Clayton
September 14, 2008 at 7:02 p.m.

Dear Gabby,

We have never met, I only say your saddened face on TV as you awaited news of your sister, you were so brave. I am so sorry for the senseless loss of your little sister Aida. It must be so painful, I too have a younger sister (23) and I know the deep love and care that is felt for a younger sister. When we heard you on TV we both hoped for the good news while tearing up. Please stay strong for your parents they need you very much during these trying times. May the God give you the strength to accomplish the dreams you and your sister hoped for, I am sure she will be guiding you from heaven.

— Liz
September 14, 2008 at 7:09 p.m.


I also saw you early on in the afternoon talk about your sister, confused and scared. I wanted to find out what had happened to your sister and was hoping that the news coverage would follow up with you. And today, I saw on online about what had happened. I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

— Sylvia
September 14, 2008 at 7:19 p.m.

I am so very very sad about the news I saw Aida grow up and how much your mom loved her. Being neighbors I saw it all. How much you took care of her and how close you were. She was always so happy and I can't tell you just how much my entire family and myself are devastated by the news. Tell your mom that our prayers go out to you guys. I can't even imagine how a prson so full of life, so full of energy can just be gone just like that that's just impossible! I am still going to walk down Charles St. and expect to see her smiling face offering us a piece of her bread with a full smile on her face. Gabby I can't even imagine your pain but my heart goes out to you and your family. Tell your mom that I miss seeing her on her porch always with a smile and kind word to offer.

— Marylu Tejeda
September 14, 2008 at 7:20 p.m.

I believe that your sister Aida will be with you always even if you don't see her. As you wrote here, keep her alive through yourself. You and your family are in my prayers. May you get through this grief and find reasons for joy and happiness again.

— Susan
September 14, 2008 at 8:20 p.m.

To the Magdaleno Family:
I personally did not know Aida but it happens to be that we were somehow related through my dad's family.I know that this is a very difficult time to overcome, my prayers and deepest condolances go out to you. May God give you the strength you need.
-God bless from the Arias Family

— Erica
September 14, 2008 at 8:46 p.m.

Gabby & Familia:
We are deeply saddened for your loss and there are no words that we can say to make things better. Please know that God is watching over tu familia. I never met Aida but as a student at CSU Northridge I feel deeply saddened for your loss. Know that you have a multitude of support and many prayers being elevated to God on your entire family's behalf during this difficult time.

God bless,

JD Naax & Family

— JD NAAX & Family
September 14, 2008 at 9 p.m.

I've known you since we were very young. You were always the model of compassion and you and your family will be in my prayers.

— Ashlee
September 14, 2008 at 9:18 p.m.

Gabby and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Gabby I know how much you loved your sister and how you always beamed when you talked about her and how well she was doing and how proud you were of her. I know you've worked so hard for everything. I'm here for you and your family and you know that. Que descanse en paz.

— Spencer
September 14, 2008 at 9:32 p.m.


September 14, 2008 at 9:36 p.m.

My sincere sympathy to you and your family, I seen the love for your sister when I watch the news. We all hope for the best outcome. You will have your sister alive in your heart and will see her again when we all meet again in heaven. God's peace and love hold you close

— donna g
September 14, 2008 at 9:46 p.m.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family, Gabby. Stay strong. When my roommate and I saw you on TV I began to pray and pray that she was one of the many that survived. I was saddend when I read the email from CSUN President.
I am so sorry for your loss, may god be with your sister you and your family
Rest In Paradise Aida

— Afelda
September 14, 2008 at 9:59 p.m.

I didn't know Aida but I feel like I know the amazing character of her family as I watched her sister Gabby. Gabby, I am so sorry for your family's loss. Aida sounds like a wonderful person. I'm sure she's with God right now.

Your parents should be very proud of raising two wonderful girls like you both.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I think you have a great idea to live your life in a way that would honor Aida.

Please know that you have touched so many hearts already. You are a special person.

Be Blessed.

— Eric Cooper
September 14, 2008 at 10:40 p.m.

Gabby this is tragic, its uncomprehensible, and devastating to you, but know that this is also another angel god needed with him. He doesnt choose everyone he knows who is sending to heaven. Your sister will always be with you she is just far away and is waiting for you to reunite with her... Her wings are beatiful, and she is at peace... RIP

— chef
September 14, 2008 at 10:56 p.m.

Hey Gabby,
You probably don't remember me but we had some classes together in elementary and middle school. I just wanted to say I am so sorry for your loss and you and your whole family are in my prayers.

— Talia S.
September 14, 2008 at 11:08 p.m.

Gabby, I saw you on the news Friday when they first interviewed you. You did not know what was going on at the time. Since then I was thinking about what happened with you and your sister. I am so sorry for you and your family having to go thru this nightmare. My prayers are with all of you and I wish you the best in fulfilling your sisters dreams.

— Anita
September 14, 2008 at 11:36 p.m.

What a terrible tragedy for all of you. I too sat glued to the TV wondering about you....waiting for your sister....knowing that it could only be the worse thing imaginable. You see, I already knew about the loss we suffered....Spree.....a friend, an officer. The agony of waiting to hear. I am so sorry that the news was so bad. She was loved and cared about which is the legacy she leaves behind. I wish you the sincerest best of luck with your future. Her twinkle will never diminish nor will her spirit because it lives inside of your heart.

— L
September 14, 2008 at 11:51 p.m.

My husband and I, too, watched your desperate search for your sister on Friday afternoon and evening, Gabby, as you were interviewed several times at the Moorpark station. We couldn't help but be caught up in your emotion and feel your loss as the realization came that, if she could have, Aida would have contacted you.

Although we've not met, you and your family and your well being are in our hearts and prayers.

Charlotte Craven,
Mayor of Camarillo

— Charlotte Craven
September 15, 2008 at 12:14 a.m.

I am truly sorry for your loss. Your sister was a beautiful girl! You guys lived behind me for a long time. I remember Aida always had a smile on her face no matter what. I almost lost my older sister in a terrible accident and so i know the love you feel for you sister. The second i saw you on the news i was glued to that t.v waiting to see if you had heard news from you sister. While you were on television being interviewd you touched so many people, so like you said.. live for your sister Aida and continue to touch peoples lives. Be the councelor youve always wanted to be, and do it for Aida. Just know that you and your family our in our Deepest thoughts and prayers! Your sister Aida is in a better place now! We will all meet again soon!


Love Charlene and the Rodriguez Family

— Charlene R.
September 15, 2008 at 7:57 a.m.

In the beauty of the breeze upon your face,the beautiful song of the singing bird,the sunlight that gently get's you for today all of these, God gives to you and now he gives you one of his best"Aida"your angel....Magdaleno Family she is not gone she is everywhere...My prayer's are with you and to all the families to may have to endure this tragic moment in their lives...

— Arthur Gonzalez
September 15, 2008 at 9:14 a.m.

I'm so sorry about your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

— Rose Flores
September 15, 2008 at 9:18 a.m.

To the Magdaleno Family

I still remember Aida's beautiful smile and her hard work ethic from when she was a fifth grade student in my class at Arroyo West - such a beautiful girl inside and out. I was so proud to hear that she was attending college and continuing to strive to meet her potential. I also remember fondly Gaby and Miguel as students, and what a loving and hardworking family they came from. Gaby - our schools need compassionate and motivated counselors like you - I wish you the best in your endeavors. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

God bless you.
Monica Duran

— Monica Duran
September 15, 2008 at 9:33 a.m.


I am very sorry for your loss.

September 15, 2008 at 9:39 a.m.

You just broke my heart, i felt your pain and your desperation to find your sister. I prayed and hoped that your sister was ok. I couldn't sleep because i wanted to know that your sister was ok. I too was glued to the t.v. waiting for information on Aida. You live for your sister........

You are in my thoughts and my prayers.

R.I.P. Aida

Love, Cecilia

— Cecilia Plasencia
September 15, 2008 at 9:45 a.m.

It wasn't until this morning that I learned about your tragic loss...I was glued to the TV Friday, and you so touched me. I cried seeing the fear and pain in your face and I prayed your sister was among the living...but I am sick to find out she's gone, (to heaven)! Since the Friday night TV coverage of the accident, I've kept you close in my thoughts and prayers, determined to find out the outcome of your sister. I now know, and I am truly, truly saddened. I didn't know Aida, but I can tell from all the comments written, that she was a beautiful person!!

— Nancy T.
September 15, 2008 at 9:56 a.m.

As i watched you on TV on friday i payed really hard for you to get good news from your sister, i too have one and i felt sad and hurt when i found out you lost your Aida. I hope you and your family find curage and stranght to go through this hard time. Please know that your loss is shared even though we dont know you we send you good thoughts and energy and my god bless her soul and your family. you reminded me to call my sister and tell her i love and appriciate her and not to take her for granted

— Silva
September 15, 2008 at 10:08 a.m.

My prayers are with the Magdaleno family. God Bless you all and know in your hearts that God needed a talented angel in heaven!

— Claudia
September 15, 2008 at 10:25 a.m.

I do not know you or your family, but I saw you on the news Friday evening, and righ awya my heart went out to you I have a brother about that age, and 3 boys of my own. I can only imagine how devasating this was to you and your family. Know you have been in my thoughts and prayers along with so many others. Believe that GOD has a plan for your sister and even though she may now be among you all in the flesh but her spirit will live on always through you and all of your family. She seemed like a pretty neat person, and I'm sure that she knew how much she was loved,and just how special of a person she really was. Gaby live your dreams and your sisters dreams be happy for her, and know that you will always have a guardian angel by your side. GOD BLESS you and your family.

— Jessica M
September 15, 2008 at 10:41 a.m.



September 15, 2008 at 10:42 a.m.

Dear Brother and all Family members my prayers go out to all of you. May the Lord give strenght to ease the pain.
love you.

— lucy magdaleno
September 15, 2008 at 11:51 a.m.

Gabby you do it for your sister
one day you will be the kick ass sisters again
god bless aida
and train 111

— Jason
September 15, 2008 at 11:54 a.m.

Me and my husband saw you on TV. You stayed in our minds and we stayed tune to any new of hope for you and your family. I was so sad to see your sister did not make it.Our thoughs are with you and your family.

— Isabel
September 15, 2008 at 12:07 p.m.

(First i must inform my comment was too long i had to break it into 2 parts)

This is for Gaby, my name is Natalie, I do not know you at all, but I've been reading what ppl have to say about their losses and ive been giving small prayers for each individual person on the list.

Aida however brought tears to my eyes b/c she is so young and reading about you, her sister, waiting for her and speaking on news, it broke my heart, Im 20yrs and when I was 17, I lost my 20yr sister.

Almost 3 years now since her accident (she was hit by a car and died instantly) and hearing about someone else going through the same thing brings back the hurt so fresh as if it only just happened yesterday.

i know what its like. Countless people telling you that they are there for you and saying things like "if you need anyone call me we'll talk" and you appreciate them. But you know they'll never understand.

And when you feel lonely and you feel like you need to let it out to some one you grab the phone to call but your fingers dont know what to dial b/c from the countless ppl who said theyll be there, you just cant seem to want to speak to anyone but "her".

its going to be "hard" its not going to be easy. If you were able to speak to everyone on tv when you did that says alot YOU are a lot stronger than I was.

But I want to share something that someone told me when I wasnt letting anything get to me during the hard time... My Uncle said,

"I know this is a hard time for you, but let me tell you something, 'The World Goes On'. You may want to give up on everything and have your life take a break to mourn and feel sorry but this is reality: what may not seem important is important you need to finish school, go to college and work twice as hard because to tell you the truth honey, life goes on with or without you, whether youre ready for it or not. If you don't keep up and continue what youre doing life will leave you behind and let me tell you that it is tough catching up when you've already fallen behind."

To his simply harsh but true words, I never told him but they are what kept me together & strong. Despite the nice and thoughtful things ppl were saying, I held on to his words especially while i felt blind to see the beauty in life b/c my life seemed so fogged up at the time, it was the only thing that helped paint a solid clear path for me to follow and I hope it does the same for you.

take it easy Gaby i know i dont have to tell you this, but keep on remembering her, dont stop thinking about her, talk to her in your head or when youre alone, she'll hear you and in your dreams "you'll hear her".

By doing this you are keeping her alive in yourself. So Keep Aida alive by doing the things that she would do.
And I promise you that there will be times when the conversations you share in dreams will be so real that you'll question whether the last time you saw her, heard her voice or seen her smile was "really" the last time.

— Natalie M. Cedillo
September 15, 2008 at 12:28 p.m.

May God bless your family not only for your loss but for taking back an angel he once gave to make a difference in your lives. God bless "all" who knew her and all who knew someone in this tragic accident. God bless all because the world is always experiencing a loss whether its a person, place or thing. One day God will answer to our suffering and in that day we will be reunited with our loved ones.

Until then fill every day with at least one kind gesture toward anyone, a close loved one, your neighbor, or a complete stranger and help in making this world a humble peaceful place to live. God lives in all of us and miracles begin with us... Remember its the little things that count.

— Natalie M. Cedillo
September 15, 2008 at 12:31 p.m.

as a parent i can't even imagine the pain you must being going through at this time, always remember her smile and her spirit. i am a parent of 5 adults children and to begin to understand why will probably take a lifetime the ones behind should try to carry her goals and as a cuban-american i saw my mother tried to do the best for my sister and me, hang on to each other's love and strength i lost my mother in one hour four years ago and i hated god and everything until one day i realize that god had my angel and protector with him. she is not hurting and her beautiful spirit will be in each of your hearts and honor her memory by trying to comfort your parents. god bless and tengan la paz del senor divino.

— connie fields
September 15, 2008 at 1:26 p.m.


— fields and fernandez family
September 15, 2008 at 1:47 p.m.


Ever since I saw you on TV I've been wondering if your sister made it. I'm so sorry to now learn that she didn't. My heart goes out to you & your family. May God comfort you and bring you peace.

— AH
September 15, 2008 at 2:11 p.m.

When I saw Gabby on TV I cried. I pray each day that God be with
The Magdaleno family during this time of great sadness.

— a neighbor
September 15, 2008 at 3:01 p.m.

Dear Gabby & The Magdaleno Family,

Aida would have been a breakthrough in her own family's history. I am very proud of Aida's story and what she has done to fulfil her dreams - and I hope she will become an inspiration for everyone to pursue education despite the odds.

May the Angels in heaven take good care of Aida... and may God grant you - Gabby - an even stronger faith, more love towards your hard-working parents & family, and far greater courage to continue Aida's legacy.

— Julius Castillo
September 15, 2008 at 3:02 p.m.

When I saw you on tv looking for Aida, I felt a deep compassion for you and your not knowing. Just want to say how sad I feel about your tragedy. God bless you.

David Collins

— David Collins
September 15, 2008 at 4:21 p.m.

Gabby, I watch you on T.V. last Friday, and I am sorry to hear that you lost your lovely sister in this horrific accident! I was praying that she would be o.k.! It broke my heart to find out that she passed away! Remember during these sad times, that she is with God and that she is a lovely angel looking down on you and your family! My God Bless you with Peace.

— Merci Adams
September 15, 2008 at 4:40 p.m.


September 15, 2008 at 4:42 p.m.

My heart grieves with you, Gabby, and with your whole family.

— Jeannette
September 15, 2008 at 5:19 p.m.

Gabby and Magdaleno Family,
I'm so sorry for your loss of Aida. My heart goes out to you.

Three years ago, one of my best friends, someone I grew up with and considered my little sister, even though we weren't biologically related, died suddenly. I remember that I couldn't sleep for three days. And, I didn't know I had that many tears in my eyes. But the tears were not enough.

And so we were all left with the one question of "Why?" Why? Why?
Of course, even if we were given an answer, she could not come back.
But I realized, as did every one who knew her, just how lucky and blessed we were to have had her in our lives, even though that amount of time was too short. So, to this day, I still get strength and courage from her; she is still with me, and her family and friends, in spirit and memory, just as Aida will always be with you.

None of us can truly know the depth of pain and loss you are experiencing. Take comfort in your family and friends.
Together you will get through this.

— Tommy
September 15, 2008 at 5:32 p.m.

Aida was a very carring girl...kind...and nice....she would talk to people she just met as if she knew the for the longest time she is a very wonderful girl who followed her dreams but when it came for the needed she would put everything aside just to help them. her parents brothers and sisters were as well nice and kind. it sadly that gabby was waiting for her at the train stop but he never arrived its also sadly that one of thee most kind and carring people had to leave but she will never be forgoten tia,tio,primas,and primos just know that we will be here for u our prayers will rely on our prima aida.

— Esmeralda Navarrete
September 15, 2008 at 5:48 p.m.


September 15, 2008 at 6:12 p.m.

Gabby, Although I don't know your family my heart reaches out to you and your family. Watching you on the news friday night brought tears to my eyes. I watched the news that day until it was off the air and yet I was wondering if you had found your sister. Until I heard from a friend who is attending CSUN now gave me the news. I am so sadden by your loss. I am also a public rider of buses and trains. My sister call worried not knowing if I was on the train or not. I know that once your a counselor you will be a very good one. Your sister will live through you and be by your side the whole time. God bless to your family our prayers reach out to you.

— Teresa
September 15, 2008 at 7:02 p.m.

i didnt know u aida but from what was said of u you were a great human heart goes out to u and urs...condolences as well...may u rest in peace and may god be with ur family in this time of need and grief. An angel has returned home.

RIP Aida

— Brenda
September 15, 2008 at 9:43 p.m.

My heart breaks with every news report. I believe I heard today that the family has already filed a claim against Metrolink and at a time of such loss it is understandable. My hope is that any claim filed by any family member of anyone lost in this accident will set aside the acceptance of blood money -- money that will ultimately be paid by these folks' fellow commuters. Instead I hope suits that are or will be filed are filed to force necessary additions in safety equipment that is available -- in essence, Metrolink would have to cease and desist doing any further business until such safety devices had been installed on all their routes -- thereby turning this horrible tragedy into something hopeful for everyone...mandatory changes that will allow these souls to live on by watching over and protecting others in the future, in their memory.

May God Bless each and every one of you and your families!

— Jane in Laguna Hills
September 15, 2008 at 10:12 p.m.


Meja, tears poured down my face on Friday night as I watched you speak on behalf of your family, desperate to find your sister. I cried again when I read Aida did not survive. I'm so, so sorry. Please tell your brother, Juan and your parents that all will be well again. When I pray for you all I imagine Jesus hugging you all close to Him. Even though we will never meet I am thankful and honored for the opportunity to pray for you all. When you feel too weak to go on, God will give you what you need.

Sandy Weinberg

— Sandy Weinberg
September 15, 2008 at 11:29 p.m.

my heart goes out to all of you who have lost someone.

I find myself glued to the screen, listening and reading repeatedly the sad stories of the tragic train accident of Friday. My eyes well up with tears, my heart aches, and although I cannot personally relate to their families' pain, I feel a connection with all of them. You see, I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, just like many of the innocent souls that were lost that day. Unlike them however, I have another day on earth. Another breath to take. Another song to sing. Another person to hug. Another person to love. I have another day to live. and I realize how truly blessed I am. This has truly opened my eyes.

I have decided to take advantage of each moment I have from this day forward. I will not waste another day. I know many people including myself, always repeat this quote over and over: "Live life to the fullest, life is too short" but how many of us actually practice that? How many moments of our precious lives to we spend on being negative to others, and to ourselves? How many opportunities do we let pass us by because "there's always tomorrow"? How many times to you make the effort to put a smile on someone's face? how many times do we stop and smell the roses? I am negligent in all of the above.

The tragic accident has been a blessing in disguise for me. I am fully committed to being a better person in all aspects of my life. The one and only thing that is guaranteed to us is Death. Because I understand this, I will make sure that when its my time to go I am the person God intended me to be. and in the process, I hope my dreams are fulfilled and I hope to leave a mark in everyone's heart. I refuse to surrender any second of my life to negativity. I will count my blessings every chance I get. So to all those beautiful souls that are now watching us from Heaven, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You did not leave in vain.

— Claudia (Ventura County)
September 15, 2008 at 11:38 p.m.

I did not know Aida but I know Juan her brother because we use to teach in the same school district some years ago.
Juan I know how close you all were as a family. I am soo very sorry for your family's loss. Your sister was such a young person and so full of live and doing something so valuable for her life and for the benefit of the community.
Am truly sorry. My prayers are with your family.
God bless you all and may he help you in this time of sorrow.
Martha Sheppard

— Martha Sheppard
September 15, 2008 at 11:47 p.m.

I was watching the news this evening and I saw you Juan talking about your sister. What a sad shock!
I am so sorry for her loss. I remember how you talked about your whole family, and how very close you all were. I pray for her and for all your family.
She sounded like a wonderful young woman. a great person... and it's just so sad that her life was cut so short.
May God bless you in this very sad time.
Martha Sheppard.

— Martha Sheppard
September 16, 2008 at 12:17 a.m.

Keep the beautiful memories in your heart, they will live forever. You're strong and assertive, a true woman-warrior.
East Los Angeles mourns for Aida Magdaleno and Maria Elena Villalobos

— Antigua Coffee House
September 16, 2008 at 12:36 a.m.

Dear Juan, Gabby and the Magdaleno Family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. I had Aida in first grade and I will never forget her beautiful smile and generous spirit. I remember Juan and Aida stopping by our school to say hello a few years ago and I was so impressed at the amazing lady she had become. It makes sense that Aida would choose to become a social worker and give back to her community, just as all of your family members have done in some capacity. She was so lucky to have such a wonderful, loving, supportive and hardworking family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

— Claudia Joensuu
September 16, 2008 at 1:06 a.m.

Gabby and Family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Aida is such a beautiful woman and I'm sure she's at a better place now. I can't sleep because I have nieces and nephew around Aida's age and it breaks my heart to see such a young life be taken away. I couldn't help but to go on myspace and read more about Aida. God Bless.

— Lea
September 16, 2008 at 1:43 a.m.

Magdaleno Family,
My prayers are with you. My heart is filled with sadness for your loss. My husband and I watch the news the whole night hoping to see Aida reunite with her family. Gabby, Juan keep those wonderful memories always alive and celebrate her live in the best possible way. Even though I did not know her, she will always be in my memory. God keep you strong through this difficult time.
The Magdaleno family has a very special angel up in heaven.
Aida rest in peace.

— Patty (Simi Valley)
September 16, 2008 at 7:15 a.m.

I am so sorry to find out your little sister was one of the victims! My thoughts and prayers are with your family! God Bless You All In This Time Of Sorrow.

— Jena (palmdale)
September 16, 2008 at 9:22 a.m.

I was one of the crew memeber of a ambulance that responded to the accident on that day. I trasported many people that day. I just wanted to say. I'm sorry for your lose.

— Thomas EMS
September 16, 2008 at 9:32 a.m.

Dear Gabby & Familia,
I also saw you (Gabby) on tv on Friday night. I truly understood the horror you were feeling when I saw you on the news and was brought to tears. I had a similar experience when I lost my father a few years ago and had to rush all over the city one night while putting my own feelings of confusion and heartbreak aside in order to focus and uncover his fate. I am a young latina like you and just want to let you know that I saw your strength, love and hope and you have my respect. I am so sorry for your loss and know that God is with you now and always. I can see that you will turn your feelings of loss into something positive. You will make your sister proud. You and your family are in my prayers.

— Lorena (San Gabriel Valley)
September 16, 2008 at 9:49 a.m.

Gabby and family I am so sorry for your loss, seeing you gabby
at the train station waiting for your sister really got to me
because just 3 weeks ago I was waiting for my little sister
Suzy to come into the Simi Valey station on train 111, she
was nervis to take the train but I told her it was safe and that everything would be fine, when she arrived at the station
I looked for her to get off the train and we both ran to each
other and hug and yelled I Love you. I am so sorry you never
got the chance to hug your sister one last time. My sister called me and we both cried when we herd your story about
waiting for Aida and her not making it home. I promised my
little sister that she would never have to take the train
again I will drive the 20 miles to burbank where she lives
and pick her up. Our prayers and with you both , May God
Bless you and your family and Aida RIP

— Gina Hartley
September 16, 2008 at 9:54 a.m.


My wife and I were touched by the genuine love, fear and hope expressed in your eyes as you waited for you sister. We are deeply sorry for your loss. I share a close bond with my baby sister and can't imagine what it would be like to lose her in such a needless and tragic manner. I can see you are a close and determined family which is why I know you and your family will prevail during these difficult times.

Keep the faith because light will shine through.

— Juan Garcia (Los Angeles)
September 16, 2008 at 12:38 p.m.

Gabby and family

I, too saw and heard the love for your sister as you spoke in front of the cameras. My heart went out to you. I am so deeply sorry for the loss of Aida.

Just from your words, I could feel that she was a very special person and you had a very special bond. Never let go of that. Celebrate the beautiful memories you have of her and go for her dreams and yours. Just know that every second, Aida is with you, you'll never be alone.

God bless you and your family.

— Peggy Alvarado (Riverside)
September 16, 2008 at 3:25 p.m.

To Aida's family; sorry for your loss...time heals. Rest in Peace Aida.

— Eric
September 16, 2008 at 4:15 p.m.

Aida was my best friend's room mate last year. I had the honor of meeting her once. She had such a wonderful presence and a loving and peaceful aura to her. I know that she will be greatly missed, but never forgoten. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family.

— Cindy
September 16, 2008 at 4:35 p.m.

I am touch by this girl's story. I would love to donate for any funeral arrangements. Please contact me at

— Dee
September 16, 2008 at 5:18 p.m.

What a beautiful spirit and beautiful face. Your light shines on. I have to believe you are in a better place. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, family and friends, in this time of unspeakable anguish. May you find peace and strength.

— Susan
September 16, 2008 at 5:58 p.m.

Dear Gabby,

I'm a college student at UCI; first Generation Mexican-American. I promise to live for Aida as well.

My parents are having a really hard time right now, as they have had their whole life. They just lost our house and are now living with my aunt, my other aunt lost her house as well. And my dad and brother lost their jobs- its a really depressing economy right now...

I just came back home, from a long stressful day. And I sat down next to my window and looked at the news online and found this. It inspired me to tears. I cried for you, and your sister because it saddened me that someone who is so INSPIRED with goodness and HOPE can fall victim to something like this. But in that wreckage dear Gabby, she has inspired me as well. Inspired me to continue this dream, this strong passionate and vital dream we carry on our backs to help ourselves and our parents, and those around us. To continue to live for others.

im still crying. And I promise to Aida and you, and your family, and all the first generation strugglers, movers and shakers of our sad economy- that I will continue my struggle to become something effective - to one day buy a house for my parents- and see them away from struggle.

because they have struggled so much for us. I feel related to you- to your sister, and as much as your story breaks hearts, I wanted to let you know, that it INSPIRES tenfold.

Aida has inspired me. I will live alongside her, and help her achieve these dreams she has for your parents, the parents that struggle to give their children a hopeful future. I wanted to let you know that- Im sure she was a gorgeous and beautiful person, because that kind of person in this world effects people miles and miles away even after leaving this earth. She will live on in my dreams.

My heart is with you.
Victor Vazquez.

— Victor Vazquez
September 16, 2008 at 7:18 p.m.

Gabby I'm so sorry for your family's lost. I remember watching you on TV Friday night waiting for your sister - she was coming home for her nephew's baptism. I was shocked on Sunday when I saw Aida's picture on TV saying she was one of the ones that died. I was on that train on Friday - I got on at Union Station. Your sister was already there - as I sat across from her she picked up an item that I had dropped on the floor and gave it to me. I remember saying "thank you" to her and noticing her jet black hair and how pretty she was. I got off the train in Burbank and we exchanged smiles - she was a very beautiful young lady.

I'm sending up tons of prayers for you and your family!! May God watch over and Bless you all.

Dawn B.

— Dawn Beatty
September 17, 2008 at 9:12 a.m.

To the Magdaleno family, my deepest sympathy and prayers. From what I've been reading, she must have been an awesome friend and sister. Only God knows why these things happen. Feel priviliged and honored to know that she will serve as an inspiration to the hispanic community. She was pursuing her dreams and that is what we all must do. God Bless you all and know that Jesus loves you and he takes care of us. Know and believe in your heart that you will see her again. Just as we will see Jesus one day, Aida is God's hands now. Life is a dream and heaven is a reality. God bless you!

— Claudia
September 17, 2008 at 10:15 a.m.

Our deepest simpathy for the Magdaleno Family, our prayers are with you.
Will you be posting info on her wake and funeral.

— Veloz Family
September 17, 2008 at 12:19 p.m.

Juvenal,Leticia,Juan,Miguel & Gabby. Hola its your prima Alicia from Pauma Your Tio Luis and Tia Licha daughter. We are so sorry for your loss. I just wanted you guys to know that we are here for you that's what family is for. Miguel I am so sorry primo I love you and Hang in there and the family to. If you need to talk to someone you know who to call. We Love you prima Aida. Just keep in mind that she is an angel now that will be looking over all of us from up above. love the familia Magdaleno

— Alicia Magdaleno
September 17, 2008 at 4:09 p.m.

Gabby Im sooo sorry for your loss. I too saw you on T.v that night and I hoped and prayed that Aida would be okay. When I found out the next day I couldnt help but cry. Im so sorry. Im going to pray for you and your family. I used to always ride the metrolink and they were a big family to me, and so I was deeply affected by this accident and I wish there had been a different outcome for all that died. aida seemed like a beautiful person and Im sure she is looking down on you guys from heaven. R.I.P Aida!!!

— Natalie
September 17, 2008 at 5:42 p.m.

I am so touched by all that is happen Im so sad that we have to lose the ones we love. It feels so hard to go on but then you think about GOD and how he works and everything start's to shine up I pray for your famliy may god bless you through what as happen I have faith that everything will be ok for you. You will smile again Aida, would want that, She made it to a way better place than here and we should be happy for her and hope to see her soon.

— Troy Fields
September 18, 2008 at 11:44 a.m.

Gabby, Juan, Lupita y Miguel my new Primos, and Familia Magdaleno

Quiero darles mi mas sentido pesame. Comparti la gran angustia de no saver donde y como estaba Aida la tragica tarde del Viernes. En mi corazon guardaba la esperanza y pedi a Nuestro Padre Celestial durante toda la tarde que ella estubiera bien y pudieramos celebrar toda la familia Magdaleno y Morales el Bautiso de nuestro sobrinito Andresito, o "Gerber" como Aida le llamaba. Fue un dolor tan fuerte cuando mi hermana Lupita me llamo a las 6:00 am llorando para darme la mala noticia que el bautiso se cancelaba, Aida habia sido encontrada pero habia fallecido. Pude ver y sentir el dolor de Dna. Leti, Don Juvenal, Miguel y mi Hmna. Lupita, Juan y Vero,Lupita, Gabby y el resto de la familia. Como quisiera que todo esto fuera solo una pesadilla!! Pero desafortunadamente Nuestro Padre Celestial necesitaba un agel tan lindo como ella.
Aida es una lindo rallito de lus que Nuestro Padre Celestial necesitaba y siempre debemos recordar ese brillo de sus ojos, la linda sonrisa que nos regalo, los calidos abrasos y lindas palabras que ella tubo para nosotros.

Siempre recordare la fiesta de Ano Nuevo en nuestra casa cuando ella estaba con la curiosidad de tomar por primera vez una bevida alcolica, y como escondidas de su Hermano Miguel le pedia a Lupita. Cuando Miguel le permitio tomar solo un trago ella dijo "This feels good, my body feels a little warm".

En la boda de su primo David Rocha el Verano se acerco a contarme que mi Hermana Lupita y su Hermano Miguel se ivan a ir a casar a Las Vegas y como ella queria ir pero no iva poder. Tambien me pregunto que yo cuando me iba casar con su Primo Miguel, le conteste que tal ves pronto. Me dijo "You're so pretty and you are going to be my cousin soon".

Ahora soy su prima tambien y sieto un profundo dolor en el corazon porque se nos fue esa chiquita con esa energia tan linda que nos transmitia.

Familia Magdaleno, les amo mucho a cada uno de ustedes que he tenido la oportunidad de conocer. Quiero que sepan que estoy a su dispocision para lo que necesiten.

Que Diosito me los bendiga y les de la fuersa necesaria para superar ese dolor tan grande. Recuerden una cosa Aida regreso a casa de Nuestro Padre Celestial y que mejor lugar que ese. Nosotros la recodaremos y le extranaremos siempre, como el angel trabieso y alegre que fue aqui en la tierra. Me compromento a contarle a mi sobrinito "Gerber" todo lo lindo que fue su tia y lo mucho que lo quiso.

Gabby, me comprometo a ayudarte a cumplir el sueno de tu Hermanita cuando tu estes lista.

Les quiero mucho Familia Magdaleno!!

— Veronica Morales de Rocha Magdaleno
September 18, 2008 at 12:24 p.m.

Dear Magdaleno Family:

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very painful time. Though you do not know me, I was deeply touched when watching Gabby being interviewed on television. I like many others prayed that Aida would be found safe and was saddened to hear she did not make it. Please be strong and continue to rely on the lord as he will help minimize your pain, though nothing will ever make it go away.
The love of the lord is your strength.

— Kathy
September 18, 2008 at 9:16 p.m.


September 18, 2008 at 10:36 p.m.

I did not know Aida, but she was on that same train as my father. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Your daughter was beautiful!

— Diane Buckley-Adair
September 19, 2008 at 7:19 a.m.

May God comfort you during this very difficult time. My heart goes out to the family. Words can never comfort the loss you feel in your heart. May God bless you and keep you comforted with all the love and support from all who were and are touched by Aida's beautiful soul.

— Yolanda Garcia
September 19, 2008 at 7:22 a.m.

i know exactly how you feel, my father had passed in that accident, i will pray for him and the whole family. HUGS

— Mey Chao
September 19, 2008 at 9:42 a.m.

My cousin was an awesome person with an amazing heart. She cared about everyone and everything. She had a good amount of ambition asnd determination. Anyone could easily look up to her, including me. R.I.P cousin, You will always be remembered. <3

— Ruby
September 19, 2008 at 5:03 p.m.

Words cannot express what I felt when I saw Gabby on the news that day. I was in disbelief as the tears rolled down my face, I just couldn't believe Aida my friend was on that train. I started to call some friends to tell them about what I had just seen on the news. We tried calling her but we had no answer. We had hoped that she might be ok and that she didn't answer her phone because she lost it. I couldn't sleep that night just thinking about her and if she was ok. But on Saturday morning I received a call from a friend that was at the Chatsworth high school waiting for news. She called me and told me, I am sorry but Aida is not with us anymore. I was in disbelief I didn't know what to say.

Memories of Aida Magdaleno:

Aida was such a great person. I met Aida when we went to middle school together at Chaparral. We were together in a few classes and we sat together at lunch. I have many memories of her because we were in AVID together for 5 years. Aida always liked to dye her hair. I remember clearly that day in middle school when she came to school and her hair was pink. All of our friends asked Aida what did you do to your hair and she just smiled and said I don't know I messed it up. We all smiled because it was something different. In high school we had AVID together for four years, and she was always the kind of person that sat in front of the class. Aida was a very intelligent person, she always got good grades. If she had a B in the class she worked very hard to get to that A. She was a very hard worker and she never gave up. She was always smiling no matter what. I remember it was the summer before our senior year in high school she was walking around town and I was outside my house and she stopped by and we talked about our senior pictures and how she was planning on cutting her hair short. She came out really beautiful in her picture with her short haircut. Last summer we hung out a few times, she had barely got her drivers license and she drove her dad's big van. She took me cruising around Moorpark and she encouraged me to get my license. She was never was afraid to take risks in life, she strived for the best. She was always determined to accomplish what she wanted in life.
Aida you will be missed but never forgotten. You'll live forever in our hearts. And your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers. You're in a better place now; looking down at the ones you loved the most. R.I.P. AIDA <3

To the Magdaleno Family, I am very sorry for your loss, Aida was such a great inspiration to all who knew her.

Your Friend,
Jessica Rodriguez

— Jessica Rodriguez (Moorpark,Ca)
September 19, 2008 at 9:17 p.m.


I watch you on TV as you search for your sister, I held my breath and prayed you would find her. It was devestating to hear she is no longer by your side.
I hope you find strength in your family and in the love and memories you have of your sister. She will guide you from heaven to make yours and her dreams come true.


— Monica
September 19, 2008 at 11:32 p.m.

I didnt know her a lot but i know she would hang out with my sister when she used to live in front of us.I noticed that she had a great personality and she was very friendly when i met her. When my sister found out she died, she was very devastated. She cried for the whole day.She decided to help her family and went through a street to collect money with her friend. They collected over 200 dollars. She also organized a car wash for Aida with the help of other people and that day we got so many cars but it was fun and we were able to collect the money for Aida's family. My mom would say that when she closes her eyes, she can still remember when Aida would walk down the stairs by our house.

Aida... rest in peace we will all remember you <3


— Vanessa
September 21, 2008 at 10:09 a.m.

Dear Gabby,

On that shocking Friday evening as I sat watching the news, I saw you and as I listened to your words, there was nothing more clear that FAITH was and it will still be your strenght. The next day I had to work and since I don't have a computer at my house the first thing I did was to see if there were any news about your sister. That Saturday night I stayed over my parents who the same as your sister they are my heroes. I called my younger sister who lives in Vegas I told her what had happened (she's my only sibling)and as well she was shocked. On Sunday morning I woke up and found out about your Aida. I know that I had the same Faith that she was Ok I wanted her to be Ok. However as I was reading her name for a moment I was blank. my mom asked me if I was OK since she saw me staring at the computer. She did not know what I was reading about and again she asked me. As I was telling her a I was thinking about you and your family. I thought about my sister on how much I love her, about my parents who like yours have sacrificed for both of us. I may not be in your shoes, but one thing I know is that as a family we shared the same feeling LOVE and FAITH. And that will be your strenght. my prayers to you and your family.

— Lissette
September 21, 2008 at 10:27 a.m.

Dear Gabby & Magdaleno family,
im very sorry for your loss, aida is in our prayers.May god give you strength and comfort.A beautiful girl,intellegent,with goals & dreams in life.What a tragety.i did'nt know her but she was my sister in laws cousin [sonia magdaleno].Rest in paradise, aida magdaleno.

— Suarez family
September 30, 2008 at 8:14 a.m.

Though we all may have lost someone who is a big part of our lives and our hearts and we are not able to replace or fill that emptyness that our love ones have taken with them when they left this world. but i hope that maybe we all can come together and allow each other to come into each others lives since i know that we all share the same pain. when my father passed in that metrolink 2008 crash my life has not been the same and its been very difficult, my father left behind his wife and 5 children and so many grand children, and we all miss and love him so much but talkin about him with my family and remembering all the good times we had with him helps us with our pain of losing him. so i just would like to let you all know i am here if you need to talk or just someone to listen to you. my email is

my hearts and prayers go out to you.

— mey chao
October 1, 2008 at 10:06 a.m.

Dear Gabby,
It was heartbreaking to watch the story of your sister unfold on the news. It was so sad to have it turn out the way it did. You affected a lot of people in profound ways when you shared your love of your sister. As you say, she will live in you heart forever and ever, and she will. To you and your family my sincere condolences.

— Kevin
October 3, 2008 at 1:47 p.m.

We didn't know Aida but know the sorrow you are feeling as we also lost our son Christopher in the accident. May God help you and comfort you in this most difficult time.

— Donna & Roy Aiken
October 4, 2008 at 2:06 p.m.

Dearest Gabby,
I'm so grateful to have found this site where I can share a few thoughts with you. I, too, was watching your pleas of hope on television that fateful Friday afternoon. Being the mother of three grown daughters and three grandchildren, I was deeply moved by your love for your sister, Aida. I hoped against all hope that she would be found alive. You painted such a warm and loving picture of your sister and your family, it was all I could do to keep my tears from flowing. On Saturday, I continued to watch for news of your dear blessed sister and when I saw her name I was so deeply shocked and shared your loss. I pray now that you and your loving family are focusing on the love you all shared with dearest Aida. I was a professor of English at CSUN about 10 yrs. ago, and could just picture her attending the school. She had a bright and rosie future, but now, Gabby, you will carry on her wishes and dreams...I'm quite certain about that.
With deep sympathy and love for your family and the great loss you have suffered. I'll always keep you in my prayers.

— Lynne, Los Angeles...
October 10, 2008 at 8:36 a.m.

Aida, i will always have u in my thoughts.... we miss u so mush u will always be in my heart and thoughts!!! MISS U BABY GIRL!!! And i know ur spirit still lives on in ur sisters heart...

— Cecilia
January 14, 2009 at 1:26 p.m.


April 8, 2009 at 11:57 a.m.

RIP prima Aida magdaleno may you rest in parradise!

— andy
June 7, 2010 at 2 p.m.

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  • The Times initially mispelled the name of Michael Hammersley and Beverly Mosley.
  • The coroner's office reported a 26th victim the afternoon of Sept. 15, but a few hours later said the tally was 25.

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