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Mourners gather for Chicago woman whose baby cut from womb

May 25, 2019
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A mural for Marlen Ochoa-Lopez at 16th and South Newberry Ave in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. (Rick Majewski/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
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A mural for Marlen Ochoa-Lopez at 16th and South Newberry Ave in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. (Rick Majewski/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

STICKNEY, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners, some carrying flowers and balloons, have gathered for the funeral of a Chicago woman who authorities say was strangled and her baby cut from her womb.

Nineteen-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was remembered as a tireless, loving mother at the funeral Saturday in suburban Chicago.

Julie Contreras with the League of Young Latin American Citizens says Ochoa-Lopez went down fighting and that her baby boy, who is hospitalized in grave condition, is a miracle.

Prosecutors say Clarisa Figueroa claimed she had given birth to the baby when she took him to a hospital on April 23. Figueroa and her adult daughter have been charged with murder in Ochoa-Lopez’s death.

Activists are calling for a state law requiring hospitals to verify the identities of babies after reported home births.

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