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Norma Lopez Update: Fundraisers Held for Family, Funeral Set

Deputies found personal items and signs of a struggle in a field Norma Lopez often used as a shortcut home. Searchers covered the area for several days while the girl's family pleaded with the unknown kidnapper to let her go. Personal Photo

Norma Lopez Update: Fundraisers Held for Family, Funeral Set
Norma Lopez (Personal Photo)

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (CBS/KCAL) A restaurant chain donated part of its Saturday sales from two restaurants to the family of Norma Lopez, the California high school student who was found dead five days after she disappeared.

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Moreno Valley's two Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants made a 15 percent donation from each sale to the family as part of the daylong fundraiser.

A car wash fundraiser was held Sunday at a Firestone Tire Center, and the Cali Style Low Riders car club said they will donate all proceeds to the family.

Norma, an avid dancer and aspiring fashion designer, was last seen July 15 at Valley View High School, where she was taking a summer biology class.

She was abducted while walking to meet a friend after class and her decomposed body was found five days later, wearing pants but no blouse, in a field less than three miles away.

Investigators conducted vehicle checkpoints Thursday and questioned sex offenders as the hunt for the killer expanded. Authorities questioned drivers on a street outside the school, which is near the site where Norma's belongings were found last week.

Detectives hoped to find someone who saw the girl close to the time she was abducted.

Fourteen registered sex offenders live within a two-mile radius of the high school where Lopez was last seen, according to the Megan's Law website.

A memorial is planned for Wednesday at St. Christopher's Catholic Church. A funeral Mass is set for Thursday at the same church.

A $35,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for killing Norma.

Anyone with information about Norma's death is asked to call the Moreno Valley Police Hotline at 877-242-4345.

Story Contributed by CBS Affiliate KCAL.

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  • Edecio Martinez

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