These angels are with GOD now. They will never be forgotton. You just never know why this happens.
Such a tragic thing to happen to a beautiful young lady. God be with your family.
I can't imagine what Raquel's dad must feel now, I knew her from WMMS & Arroyo & we had a bond through Jersey Shore We used to talk about it every friday it was a honor & pleasure to know her R.I.P Raquel Fist pump in heaven for me! R.I.P
Even though I read about this tragedy a month ago, I cannot believe the loss. I remember Raquel during the Second Step classes at Washington Manor; she was full of life and consistently wanted a challenge. Because of her, I learned how to be patient and understanding
Barton, I don't know if you will see this. I signed the guestbook before but it didn't stick. No words can help relieve your pain. We ARE all here for you anytime you need us. Including me, if there is anything I can do, I will. I did donate and did attend Raquel's Rosary. It was good to see all the people paying respects. You and your family are so loved. That is the only good thing that came from this. Who knows God's plan. I just pray God will hold you in his arms as long as it takes. Alex is awesome. A sweet young man. You have much to be proud of your children. Hope I see you sooner than later. Linda
Barton--We were all shocked to hear about your daughter. We are very sorry for your loss and wish you and your family the love and strength needed to get through the sadness. Nina Tyksinski
It can be so hard to face the new year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
Barton, I am so sorry to hear of your lose. We have lost touch, but I am somewhat familiar with your pain. Hold your loved ones close and walk a lot to help yourself heal..
Sondra Farrugia (Uncle Charlie's daughter)
Barton my brother, I was just over your house three weeks ago talking and laughing with you and your family. When I arrived you weren't there just yet and that gave me the chance to really talk with Raquel. She had a mad look on her face, so I asked her why are angry, and she said I'm not. So I replied well your face looks angry to me, then we both started laughing. Raquel then said I need to put on that face to be sure no one at school will bother me. And I said I'm your Dad's friend, and we are not in the street, so why the angry face my friend?, and at that moment we became friends. I went on to explain to her of how smart she was, I could tell by her choice of words and by the way she articulated them to me. Then she said you're right and I will do better. What a sincere loving young Lady, whom I'm sure is learning the ways of Heaven as I post this message. I was looking forward to our next conversation and that evening I texted Barton saying, Thank you for sharing your family with me, and you have two very special children and are very lucky. I do intend on having a second conversation with Raquel, and I will meet her in Heaven where this conversation will take place. God Bless you Raquel!! Barton I'm always right down the street, and anything that you need just call on me.
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Raquel at Washington School in the rsp room. We got pretty close and ate lunch together many days I will never forget her. My prayers our with you.
Iam so sorry for the familys loss no one should lose a child like that. My heart goes out to all of you..
Dearest Tina, Corinna & Barton-I am so sorry for the loss of Raquel. I met her when she was still a toddler and appreciate the current photos of her beauty as a young lady. May her short life remind us all of how precious each day is and through her strong spirit find the courage to change the violence that will not be tolerated. Know that good thoughts and telepathic comfort are there for you.
I knew Raquel she went to my middle school she was a very sweet girl i was new and she showed me a round the school and made me feel welcome. its so sad how thins can happen like this..... RIP Rauel we will miss you!
Taken away too young and needlessly....may there be Justice for Raquel, her family and friends....so sorry for your loss.
Raquel, you have touched my sons heart. He will ALWAYS remember him being YOUR Nick-Knock. As I told him you are now his angel. RIP Baby..... ='''(
I did not know Raquel. When I read what happened, it broke my heart. I am sorry for your loss. May God give you the strength to endure the pain of losing a loved one.
Sweetheart: I don't know why we were there but we were. Please know our hearts and energy were all about keeping you on earth. God had other plans. We promise to keep your memory alive and to do what we can to keep this from happening to others. Your light will remain on to remind us. Rest in Peace Raquel
Im so sorry about your loss barton. Been thinking bout you and your family. If you need anything please dont hesatate to call us. God bless you and your family.
I didn't know your baby, but may God give you peace in your time of need
I didnt know either one of these girls or their familes but wanted to send condolences to the familes. I was born & raised in Oakland and know the volience is way out of control. I pray for all and will keep them in my hearts.
You are my sweet angel up in heaven. You are with your nana and your cat Louie now. Rest easy.....auntie loves you with all my heart!
god bless the family at this horrible time... this violence has to stop...
My heart and prayers go out too raquels family and frenz...my daughters attended WMMS with raquel jus a beatiful young lady taken way too soon!! May you rest in peace baby girl!!! Gone but we will never forget!!! Hugs to your father!!!
TO DAD BARTON, SON ALEX AND FAMILY. MY HEART TRULY HURTS FOR THE LOSS RAQUEL SHE WAS SUCH A GOOD, BEAUTIFUL ,LOVING CHILD. I WILL MISS HER SO MUCH .AND NEVER FORGET HOW PURE AND HAPPY SHE WAS AROUND ME. LOVE U RAQUEL, YOU R TRULY MISSED BY ALL!!!! TIM!!!
No one will ever be Able to replace my Raquel ..my cousin..one of my best friends..and even like a sister.. No one will ever compare to her sweetness and kindness , the love and care she had for me<3
Rest peacefully precious girl.
Mr Gerstel I am so sorry. Unfortunately I understand too well 2/20/06 my 17 year old daughter was shot and killed. I wish I could say it will get easier. Joe Brittany's dad
RIP My dear KEL KELmy tunechi mom,pa,titi,tutu,sissy nanaYou leave me so alone:""(
JUSTICE JUSTICE JUSTICE...
No words can take away the pain of your loss. Hold your head up high and remember the wonderful times with Raquel
May angels hold you close, and may your wings sparkle, bright! Your smiles and sweet disposition never went unoticed...Thank YOU for your kindness. You will be missed.
May you forever Rest In Peace. The prayers of the people of St James and I are for you and your family. You shall be truly missed.
Dear Family of Raquel, I'm so very sorry and share in your loss of Raquel. I was always very impressed with Raquel's calm sense of self and her clear communications. I thought she would be an executive one day; that's how she impressed me. Please know that I hold Raquel in my heart and am grieving with you.
My deepest condolences to the Gerstel family and anyone else who is feeling the pain of losing Raquel far too soon. I feel truly honored to have gotten to know her last year in my science class. She had a sweet, spunky spirit and was truly interested in my young daughter. I had the sense that she would have made an excellent mother one day. Even in her short time here on Earth, she touched many lives. I am so sorry she is gone.
To Raquel and the Gerstel family, Words cannot express the tragedy that has taken place. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am deeply saddened and will forever remember Raquel as being full of life, love and curiosity. She will be missed.
Sweet Baby Girl, My Angel in Heaven. MAY YOU FOREVER REST IN PARADISE. And watch over your Dad,Mom,Brother and baby sister and all of us friends and family. You will always be in my Heart.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
To the Gerstel family, you all have my deepest sympathy. I remember when Raquel was enrolled in my after school LEAPS class, she walked in and gave me a big hug and said "I am going to have so much fun" and that was just what she did. Raquel was a sweet girl who I loved and cared for dearly, with her spunky attitude. I saw her about a month ago in San Lorenzo and she gave me the biggest hug ever and said I miss you. My heart goes out to all of you. This was news that saddened me deeply. Alex stay strong I know she was a very dear sister to you. RIP Raquel Love Ms. Tawanda
Rest in the Arms of The Lord Beautiful Princess.
The Lord is with me always, even unto the end of the world. MATTHEW 28:20 (KJV)
I never met you but you are a friend of my daughter from WMMS. As I'm watching my daughter grieve for you, I can tell that you were a beautiful girl. I wish I could have met you but you are God's angel now. I pray for you and your family, Rest in the Arms of the Lord, beautiful princess.
I remember always seeing you at WMMS. You were such an outgoing person, so full of life. You didn't deserve what had happened to you, no one deserves that. I know that you are in a better place now, free of worries and pain. We never talked much, but I know that you were a good person. I just can't believe that your gone now.. I will pray for you and your family, Rest In Paradise, Raquel.
bestfriend , member the First Day we met at Washington Manor :) and we was talkin & gettin to know each other and that same day you told me I was your bestfriend now , and every since then we told each other every thing & now your gone. Rest Easy watch over me :* Love you bby I miss you :( can we go back??
Words are not enough to express the heartfelt sorrow we have over the loss of Raquel. I hope her Dad and her brothers feel the love of all that love them today and always. May they feel her love in their own hearts for eternity. Please know we are so very sorry for your loss of your angel girl and here if you need anything ever! We love you!
R.I.Paradise Angel..your death was not in vain...you are the most beautiful angel in heaven and we love you Raquel... i will do Everything in my power for you to get the justice you so deserve..that i can promise..your with me always and forever in my heart..spread those wings and fly with the angels baby girl..your with god now.. and no one can ever hurt you again..i promise to take care of your Daddy and Alex for you ?
raquel gerstel i known you since 6th grade you where my friend and a good one i know that you had a crush on me in ms.saus's class and i am so very soory that i did not give you a chance i only wish to go to your funeral because i love you so much to the family of my friend my she rest in peace please allow me to go im begging you please i go to san lorenzo high shcool my name is obed flores.
May the Grace & Mercy of God guide you through this unending time of life. I know what it is like to experience the loss of a child, but what Raquel had to experience as a precious young girl is out of this world. We in the San Lorenzo Unified School District are here to comfort and support you in any way. My prayers are with the Gerstel family.
I DONT KNOW YOU BUT READ ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FRIEND.I HAVE A DAUGHTER YOUR AGES AND IT JUST RIP ME APART.GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY RIGHT NOW. AND BOTH OF YOU LITTLE ANGLES ARE IN HEAVEN RIGHT NOW. GOOD BLESS.
My prays go out to all of of those who knew Raquel. She will be missed and always remembered.
I read about Raquel and Bobbie last night and I was so panicked and heartbroken. I am a mother of two young girls and I felt as if I was finding out about my own children. I am so sorry about the loss for both of these families. The pain may never go away, but please know that a nation holds you in its arms.
Eventhough I live on the other side of the Country, I'm brokened hearted with deep sorrow. It saddens me to hear of a innocent child beinging in harms way. My heart goes out to entire Gerstel Family, may God comfort and be with you in your time of need.
Raquel, I am sad. Sending you love and hugs.
I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST. DON'T UNDERSTAND IT AND BUT GOD KNOWS I AM SORRY IT HAPPEN. RIP RAQUEL
FROM A STRANGER
I want to start off saying Im so so so sorry for the loss of young high sprited young women. I first meet Raquel at my house when she would vist her mom.Raquel grew on me like a little sister I never had. Im so sick knowing her life was taking so soon. My life will allways be touched because i've had the chance to be blessed by an angel. RIP Raquel
I was Raquel's teacher at Arroyo. My deepest condolences to her family at this time. Raquel was a strong, articulate teenager with so much potential. She will be greatly missed by me and all her friends at Arroyo.
Raquel, you will be deeply missed. You where allways the most outging and fun person to be around. I hope they find whoever has done this so your parents can atleast have closure. You wont be forgotten, there isnt a day you arent thought about and a memory of you is said. We all love and miss you, including me. Love your friend reyna and all your friends at AHS
You left us to soon. I wish I could of spent more time with you. I would of loved to take you shopping and get our nails done. I love you and you will always be in my heart. I'm fortuntate for the few times we met. Love and God Bless You, Frances Tijerina
Barton the whole family is torn we all have heavy hearts and I know nothing I can say will ease your pain. I am here for you always. I have attached one of my favorite photos of Raquel with Jazz. I will always remember her beautiufl smile and silly laugh. Love you Jenny
Barton & Family, CJ, myself and our whole family will pray for your family and for Raquel. Our hearts go out to all of you. Max and Alex, stay strong and please give your Mom our condolences. GOD bless you all.
Im so heartbroken from the lost of Raquel. I met her when she was 12 yrs old. She was a sweet young lady and I grew to love her as if she was one of my kids. Im going to miss her dearly.
“There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.”
You have left an imprint in my heart and on those of us whom knew you. You will be forever missed by myself and WMMS.
Rest in Peace young lady...My sincere condolences go out to the Family and Friends...
There are no words to take away the pain, and time will never take away the heartache of losing a child. My heartfelt condolences to you Barton, to your son, Raquel's Mom, family and friends. Surround yourself with supportive people, loving people, and don't be afraid to ask and accept any help. Lots of love is being expressed for your beautiful daughter at this time, and I pray for a peaceful transition over the next few days for everyone. :(
Barton & Family my heart is broken for you. I know Raquel is at peace with the Angels and only time will heal your heart. My prayers are with you every day. Love, Jackie
We send our sincerest condolences to Raquel's family and cannot imagine any pain greater than the loss of a child. Words feel so inadequate now, but we just want to say how our hearts are breaking for you and how we hope your family will find a way to heal after this tragedy.
My heart aches.... You will always be in my heart and will forever be my lil sissy. I love you.
Your big sissy
My heart aches... You will always be my lil sissy. I love you.
Your big sissy
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this hour.
Raquel, I spoke to my parents when I found out about what happened. My mom told me that the last time she you was when you knocked on our door looking for my brother. and that was the last time she saw you. i am truly heartbroken about it and wish i got more chances to get to know you. ive been in pain, emotionally and physically, and i am praying for your family. you're in a better place now <3
My heart is breaking for your family Raquel. I never met you but know your mom well from back in the day. Good bless you Coco and Raquel's dad. My God give you peace in your heart and comfort in your soul. The loss of a child is unbearable; let your faith carry you when you feel like you can't carry on. RIP Raquel, good too soon.
Rest in paradise sweet girl!
Raquel I remember u from Washington School YMCA when u were a feisty and sweet little 5 year old..I watched u grow into a beautiful young lady...RIP beautiful angel! <3
hey i remember the first time sherrice introduced me too you. you were so young and a good friend to have. i even remember your cat louie you got. i loved giving you advice on how to take care of him and it was so fun hanging out with you and watching Sherrice do your hair and make you look nice for the day Sherrice and i both love you and we will always keep you memory strong and in our hearts.
I love you raquel I miss you ant
Rest in Paradise Raquel, I'm glad you were with your best friend while going through this horrible situation. My prayers go out to your family and friends. GOD Bless You
Barton we have known eachother for over 25 years and ive seen Raquel grow up to be a beautiful young lady with her whole life ahead of her. Then to be taking away from you like that is heart breaking. I love you my brother and my heart is broken for the loss of Raquel. Words cant explain how i am feeling. I am here for you Barton, for a shoulder to cry on. I will miss Raquel deeply and alway's hold it in my heart that when see alway's seen me she would call me uncle Joe. Please take care Barton i love you.
Did not know you but my heart goes out to your family and friends for your lost. Prayers out to them.
My heart aches for the loss of Raquel & can't imagine the pain that her family and friends must be experiencing at this terrible time. You all are in my prayers.
raquel i remeber we met in t grade we got so close. this is just shocking and heartbreaking to no that your gone..... i guess your in a better plpace and i no that i will see you again some day but till then. i love you girl and will never foregt about you. rest in paradise. im keeping your family in my prayers..
Dearest Raquel, I remember you as a small child making me pictures and giving me hugs. Just a month or so ago we ran into each other and again you hugged me and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I will always remember this.
Barton and Alex ~ my heart goes out to you both. I can only imagine your loss, pain and sadness. All I can do is pray for you and send my strength your direction.
My heart and prayers go out to the family, I didn't know her but my daughter also attends Arroyo High school and had Raquel in her gym class. I can only imagine the pain her mom and dad are feeling, she is gone in person but not in spirit and will live in your heart forever. You will truly be missed.
MAY GOD BE WITH YOU FOREVER.
My deepest condolences to the family during this very difficult time.
Rest in Peace young lady...My sincere condolences go out to the Family and Friends...
I didn't know Raquel or the family personally. My daughter is a student at Arroyo. This is such a tragedy & I can't imagine the pain you are all going through. My heart goes out to you all during this time. God be with you. RIP Raquel
Rest in peace raquel... We will miss you lil one... You will be in our prayers:/
You were such a sweet sweet girl who will be very missed by all who loved and knew you. Our hearts and prayers go out to your family. Haley will miss you and all the good times she had with you as well as her Mom and Dad. We are all so sad that your gone.
My deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time. My prayers are with you all.