'Justice for Jessica' rally held in Orlando

Family, friends of woman found dead in Cocoa Beach


ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando woman's family and friends are asking for help finding the hit-and-run driver who killed her.

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Friends of a slain Orlando woman held a "Justice for Jessica" rally Tuesday night at Lake Eola, hoping someone comes forward with details about her death.

Jessica Erausquin, 27, was found dead on the side of Rose Street in Cocoa Beach last month. Police said she was a hit-and-run victim but haven't released any other details.

"We don't know why she was there, we don't know who she was with," said Crystal Lopez, the victim's friend. "That's what we're hoping, that we can bring these answers to light."

Without those answers, friends have taken the mystery on themselves -- gathering around Lake Eola -- a place where she often ran -- and passing out fliers in Orlando and in Cocoa Beach.

"We are very frustrated," said Tanya Durham, another friend. "We need answers, her family needs closure, Jessica needs to rest in peace."

Her friends said she was full of life and an eager student who was still in school for another degree, this time in forensics.

"This was her passion, this is was what she was studying for, to investigate crimes, to bring justice to wrongdoing. So it would be an injustice if we didn't do this for her," said Lopez. "It might motive people that maybe do know what happened to her to speak up."

Friends are also planning a march this Saturday at 2 p.m. It will start at City Hall in Cocoa Beach.