Tamie Clark-Acevedo's favorite beer filled patrons' cups inside a Pasco tavern as they raised them toward the sky in honor of their slain friend.
"We love you. We miss. God bless," said Aaron Peters, the tavern's owner.
Friends of Clark-Acevedo, 46, gathered at the Library Tavern on Saturday to remember the Pasco woman who was killed earlier this month.
Clark-Acevedo's body was found Jan. 3 in an apartment at the Vecinos Business Complex just blocks from the tavern. She was beaten and her throat was cut.
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Police arrested Guadalupe Montejano, 48, after finding the woman's body in a closet in his apartment. Montejano is charged with first-degree murder and is held at the Franklin County jail on $500,000 bail.
On Friday, friends and family held a funeral for Clark-Acevedo at City View Cemetery in Pasco. She left behind two daughters, two grandchildren and six siblings.
"I didn't realize how many friends and family she had," said Peters, who was friends with Clark-Acevedo for 20 years. "I didn't realize how many people cared."
Clark-Acevedo was a regular at the Tavern and was like family to those who frequent the bar, friends said. She loved horses, cutting hair and her dog Teddy.
Around 20 friends used the gathering Saturday as a chance to eat, drink and remember Clark-Acevedo, who they said didn't deserve to die so brutally.
"I didn't think somebody would do something like that to her," said Nolan Greiner, a friend. "She had a really good personality. She was such an easygoing person."
Peters wanted to have the get-together so people could have a good last memory of Clark-Acevedo, he said. The way she was killed has left many at the bar feeling depressed.
The mood was light as friends traded stories of Clark-Acevedo and music played from the jukebox.
Bartender Angelia Disbrow remembered Clark-Acevedo as a tough woman who liked to laugh, she said. Even though Disbrow had to kick Clark-Acevedo out a few times, she always came back the next day with a smile on her face.
"She was a fighter," Disbrow said as she sat at the bar. "I know she put up a fight. She will be missed."
After Peters was done pouring the apple cider beer into cups and passing them out, he turned Journey down on the jukebox to pay respects to Clark-Acevedo.
The bar went quiet as Peters fought back tears.
"You all know this was her favorite beer," he said. "So everybody raise your glasses. This one is on me. Actually, this one is on Tamie."
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