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Wednesday, April 27, 2016


            We, the comrades of Unit 1012, will always remember Carmen Gayheart on September 2 and April 27 every year. Let us not forget her and support her family members.


Carmen Gayheart
(September 2, 1970 to April 27, 1994)

Sep. 2, 1970
Fort Lauderdale
Broward County
Florida, USA
Apr. 27, 1994
Hamilton County
Florida, USA

Carmen lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for most of her life. She graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School. She
started her family shortly after high school and moved with her husband and children to Fort White, Florida. Carmen
would have graduated from Lake City Community College with
a degree in Nursing had she not been taken from us so soon.
Carmen was a beautiful young woman with a gentle spirit.
Carmen had a love for life, her family and all animals.

On Wednesday April 27th, 1994,
Carmen was abducted from a Winn-Dixie grocery store parking lot, taken to a remote area and murdered. Her children were 3 and 5 at the time. The two murderers were
apprehended and are currently on Florida's Death Row where
they await their executions.

Carmen is survived by her parents Joanne and Richard Tortora, Husband Ricky Gayheart, Children, Jessica and Chad Gayheart, her sisters Maria David, and Tara Tortora, brothers Tony Tortora, Vince Tortora, Billy Tortora, John Tortora two half sisters Dolly and Christina Jimenez and many friends and loved ones.

Carmen is greatly missed by all who know and love her.
No amount of time will ever erase the pain of having
lost our precious, sweet Carmen.


Carmen Gayheart
(September 2, 1970 to April 27, 1994)

My sister Carmen...
Is someone who was always there.
My sister Carmen...
Is someone who always cared.
My Sister Carmen...
Could make me smile when times were blue.
My sister Carmen...
Is someone who was always true.
My sister Carmen...
By choice, was always my friend.
My sister Carmen...
Will be in my heart to the very end.
My sister Carmen...
Is an angel with God above.
My sister Carmen...
Is my sister that I miss dearly and always will love.


You never said I'm leaving
You never said goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knew why
A million times we've needed you
A million timed we've cried
If love alone could save you
You never would have died
In life we loved you dearly
In death we love you still
In our hearts you hold a place
No one could ever fill
It broke our hearts to loose you
But you did not go alone
Part of us went with you
The day God took you home
You left us beautiful memories
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you,
You're always by our side.
Our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.


Carmen Gayheart with her children

We didn't get to say goodbye,
We're devastated that you're gone.
We would have done anything to keep you here,
Right where you belong.

We didn't know that life would take,
Such a horriffic path.
That you'd be taken from us so soon,
Heartbreaking reality we struggle to grasp.

And bitter, losing you has been,
So profound is the pain that we bear.
We're sadder still at no chance for goodbye,
Not able to tell you how much we love you and care.

Yet believing that you're not far away,
That your Spirit lingers quite near.
We say how we miss you in our words and our thoughts,
Trusting and hoping that each one you'll hear.

Know that you were loved in the truest of ways,
So deep that only our hearts can give expression.
You'll be forever surrounded by our love,
For we're sending it straight up to Heaven.

Please know that you'll be cherished,
your memory we'll always treasure.
We know now how your life was a gift,
That was meant to bless us forever.

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