ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Michelle Montoya 18 years old , born on April 23, 1979 and passed away on May 16, 1997. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Anjnjohn MortonCarey on May 16, 2020
Thinking of you today and always... love and prayers for you and your fam♥️
Posted by Anjnjohn MortonCarey on April 24, 2020
Happy birthday pretty girl! I hope heaven celebrates your life to the fullest. You’ll live on forever in our hearts and memories. So many lessons are embedded in us because of your tragic death. My love and prayers for you and your family always...
Posted by Alyssa Smith on April 23, 2020
Happy Birthday Michelle!! Even though I was a baby when this happened not a day goes by that I dont think about the stories my mom told me about how she would come home from work and see you sleeping on the couch at papa Richard's house, she told me you were always over at Papa Richard's house, or the time you and my mom and papa Richard went to the store and he let you pick out a gift and you and her took a picture with Santa (my mom still has that picture up). You are deeply missed and deeply loved.
Posted by Viviana Garcia on April 23, 2020
Happy Birthday! Another year without you. You are truly missed.
Posted by Lacie Brooks on October 29, 2019
Michelle came to mind today. I went to high school with her. She was a senior when I was a freshman. I stayed after school for math help that last day. It could have been me. That thought haunts me all the time. I pray for peace for your family and I know you have peace now, Michelle. Thank you for saying hi to me today.
Posted by Matt Okeefe on September 16, 2019
I did not personally know you but i heard about what happened i am truly sorry no one deserves that ever rest in peace
Posted by E.J. V. on September 14, 2019
This is a message for the family. I am the spouse of one of the teacher's at Rio Linda, and my husband told me what happened to Michelle a couple months ago, and I have had several dreams about that day since then; So much so, that I woke up after having the latest one, and wrote a poem about what I remembered in the dream. I hope that this isn't something that might offend anyone, my intention posting this is simply to let the family know that people are still moved by what happened to Michelle, and people still talk about it because it mattered. That being said, your grief can't be quantified, but hopefully your faith is strong, and if it's not, mine is, and I will pray for you to have some healing from this tragic and unfair event. The part about the teacher is only a metaphor for how this must have caused that woman an irrevocable toll. Again the poem is by no means meant to be factual, the words flowed from a dream I'd just dreamed about a girl I didn't have the pleasure of knowing.  Respectfully, E. Vernon


"Heaven's Vault"

Started the day late
Sun was shining
No silver lining
Summer was coming
Oh, she couldn’t wait!
But on that day...
She had a class to catch
She had time to stretch
A chance to ruminate
Maybe create a secret summer list
A dream in the day
Watching the buses roll away
She had to miss
No final farewell
No goodbye kiss

Out in the back
He was building a stack
From the old lemon tree
He sure had the knack
A shadow in his shadow
So that no one would see
Roots all the way to West Point
Mississippi...not the other joint
Purple skin gleamed in the sun
And in a dream I scream
"Run, girl...Run!"
But we all know by now
A bell the devil rung
He didn't have to do it
Still he let the feeling come

In the blink of an eye
All the little urgent worries die
And the angel hurries down from the clouds
...unannounced
Takes your treasure with her to the sky
Never turns around
Never tells you why

I can still hear the angel singing the blues
The treasure locked in Heaven's vault
It was never her fault
He hummed along like a substitute teacher
Spoke like a preacher as he stared at her shoes
Winsome was her mind and naïve to his kind
She looked at him with eyes so blind
Said, "I hope you don't mind, but I need a ride home"
As she punched in the numbers on the dirty yellow phone
He heard every word
"Thanks. OK...I'll see you soon Dad"
Enjoy your day, and thank you sir,
"Oh sure, for sure...
You’re the prettiest thing I’ve ever had."


An evil brush darkens walls of cheer
Eyes upon him, he sensed the fear
And the angel carried away into thin air
Somebody’s baby, somebody’s treasure
Without a word or care
Nobody saw the light nor saw it disappear
But she was off to Heaven
These are the moments when God is unfair

A teacher tries to make sense of it all
She tells herself she was following protocol
She always obeyed the rules
Says no she really can't, but there's a phone
out with the tools...
These weren't her rules, they were the school's
Plays it back in her mind for the thousandth time
And after her tenure some 25 years
The apple had rotted on a dusty desk
A hole in her soul carved from rusted shears
And as always did the truth show itself
Too little too late, no way now to help

Innocence slain and pain a flash flood
One white KED spotted with blood
Blue and yellow flashing lights
Rio Linda flies drown in red
Two weeks from Graduation, alas, her Mother walked instead
A million-mile walk to the freshly painted stage
Around the bleachers, past the compassionate teachers
She kept inside her growing rage
A diploma well earned, Futility learned
But that brave walk brought honor to her daughter's name
And so began the long decent
Of never being the same
The consequence of total deceit
The last memory of what she loved the most
Now a ghost that haunts her every heartbeat

Her daddy told her “meet me out front”
He was stopping at Mc Donalds first
Was there something that she’d want?
Nothing compares to a Father's heart
When it's barely beating from being burst
He waited outside and cried and cried
for two solid days
Finally giving it all to God and forgiving evil ways
He's drowned a thousand times
In the angry ocean tides raging behind his tired eyes
He walked to the garage when he got home
and pulled the ribbon from the hood of her surprise
And asked God to take good care of her
Until he could be around
And told her that he always loved her
As he hugged her cap and gown.
Posted by Maricella Ochoa on July 16, 2019
I didn’t know her but she’s very pretty and I’m going to the same Hugh school she went to and I’m scared that it might happen to other people to but I’m very sad and really sorry for your loss ❤️
Posted by Viviana Garcia on May 16, 2019
Truly missed. I never met you but feel that I know you. We were the same age and in a different city. forever in our hearts.
Posted by Anjnjohn MortonCarey on April 23, 2019
Happy birthday beauty
Posted by Christian Lagge on April 23, 2019
Happy Birthday Michelle ♥️
Posted by Viviana Garcia on April 23, 2019
Well today I received a email it's Michelle's birthday! I always remember you because we are the same age. I remember hearing about you when I was in high school and we shared a favorite music group. You will forever be remembered in our hearts!
Posted by Christian Lagge on July 21, 2018
Thinking of you Michelle. You are greatly missed.
Posted by Jeannie Chacon on May 10, 2018
I was talking about you today, to someone who too lost before graduation, so I wanted to see your beautiful face, I met you when you were about 2 or 3 years old. Your Mother Pam, is a dear friend of mine. Then I saw you have a birthday the day after mine, April 23, Me, April 22, Happy Birthday to you Angel Michelle...........I keep you and your family always in prayer and in my Heart. Forever a Friend Jeannie Chacon
Posted by Ruby Abram on April 24, 2018
This was a dark period in our lives when we heard about Michelle. I did not know her. But she attended Christian Brothers with my daughter for about a year. Krystal remembered her as beautiful, kindhearted and an all-around pleasant young woman. I’m 63 years old now and some things I don’t forget. This is one of those times. RIP little angel.
Posted by Angelique Thompson on April 23, 2018
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE BEST FREINDS I HAD IN HIGHSCHOOL WE WOULD HAVE BEEN CELEBRATE ING OUR BIRTHDAY S TOGETHER LOVE YOU MY FREIND FOREVER IN MY HEART RIP SWEET FREIND LOVE ANGELIQUE THOMPSON
Posted by Angelique Thompson on April 23, 2018
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN MICHELLE I HOPE YOUR DANCING UP THERE WE WOULD HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING HER 39TH WASN'T TOGETHER I MISS YOU SO MUCH REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND
Posted by Viviana Garcia on October 20, 2017
I always remember you. I never knew you but we were the same age when this happened to you. You always happen to pop into my mind.
Posted by Brandy Lovins on August 24, 2017
I currently go to riolinda and am graduating this year ive read your story over and over you went to school with my older brother and you guys dated for a while his name was cliff he told me about u and how u died also u went to school with my brother robert but he went by bobby i was suprised when my brother mentioned you guys were dating at one point im so sorry for your familys loss my brother now isnt in good shape iether hes in and out of prison and everytime i bring u up he tells me a story and how he had this crush on you for some time im so sorry for your loss mrs pam
Posted by Ruby Abram on April 24, 2017
Forever in our hearts ♥️ The Abram family.
Posted by David Yee on April 8, 2017
20 years have passed and it seems like yesterday you were setting me up for a spike in gym class... and chasing down a bad pass even though you had no chance to save it... that smile on your face as you ran your butt off... and that giggle when I told you that were crazy... "I know..." you said.

Just thought I'd leave a memory that I know whoever reads this will relate to and it will bring a smile to their face.

Forever in our hearts...
Posted by Annie Van Dyke on October 12, 2016
This is a message to Michelle's family. I am the make up artist that did Michelle's make up for her senior portraits. I think of her often when I have other girls the same age. She was such a sweet happy girl. Pam was a proud elated mother. I've since become a mother myself and can't imagine the gravity of your loss. Good for you for fighting to get the laws changed. I pray for peace in your family and may you feel Michelle's presence and love with you daily.
Posted by Annie Van Dyke on October 12, 2016
This is a message to Michelle's family. I am the make up artist that did Michelle's make up for her senior portraits. I think of her often when I have other girls the same age. She was such a sweet happy girl. Pam was a proud elated mother. I've since become a mother myself and can't imagine the gravity of your loss. Good for you for fighting to get the laws changed. I pray for peace in your family and may you feel Michelle's presence and love with you daily.
Posted by Brandy Lovins on September 2, 2016
Hey i dont know you but i previously go to the school you were murderd at and when i heard about the story it hit me real hard i cant imagine how your mother / family must have felt u were a very beautiful bright young lady loved by many im sorry you had to go out that way my condolences to your family
Posted by Billie Cornett on June 7, 2016
You are most definitely remembered . I was just telling my daughter about you
Posted by Tina Fleming on May 17, 2016
You will always be missed, and your story told and hopefully the memorial at the school is still in one piece. Peaceful thoughts to your family
Posted by Anjnjohn MortonCarey on May 16, 2016
Remembering you today as I do often. You didn't die in vain, I make it a point to let everyone know your story and the dangers of strangers and my daughters schools hear about your story making sure they know who they are hiring. ❤️ Rest easy beautiful girl! Give my Heidi loves for me
Posted by Banook Rodarte on May 15, 2016
I remember hearing this sad story on the news.i lived in Sacramento when I heard about this sad story about the murder of Michelle Montoya. She is deeply missed by all
Posted by Ruby Abram on May 14, 2016
To the family of Ms. Michelle Montoya,

Michelle and our daughter attended CB at the same time. Your daughter was so beautiful and kind. Our hearts are with you in your time of sorrow. Our deepest Sympathy.

Sincerely,
The Abram Family
Posted by Lynette Rodgers on April 23, 2016
Happy Birthday Michelle. You are still in my heart. If only I had got that position you would still be alive today....God Bless your family forever.
Posted by Melissa Breech on March 30, 2016
You are still thought of 19 years later, Michelle; how much things have changed since then. You are thought of often and I enjoyed being one of your classmates at Christian Brothers. RIP and sending love to you and your family. May your memory always live on. xoxoxoxoxoxo
Posted by Allison Young on February 27, 2016
Michelle-

I left Rio Linda at the end of my 7th grade year. I never got to meet you in person but many of my close friends knew you and still speak of you often. I think of you often and pray you are at rest.
Posted by Lynette Rodgers on February 8, 2016
I graduated from Rio Linda High School in 1977. I think of you Michelle Montoya very often. I am very close to Jesus Christ and there you are right next to him and that is reassuring to all the people that love and miss you. I see bright beautiful colors when I think of you Michelle. God Bless you Pam you have been through so much and I wish this had never happened to you and your family. Stay strong and know there are many of us in 2016 that still mourn your daughter even though we did not know her we feel her spirit and see her beauty through God. You are never alone she is right next to you........Always
Posted by Jason Heller on October 20, 2015
Never Forgotten and always remembered as a wonderful creation.
Posted by Amanda Cantrell on April 23, 2015
Happy happy birthday to one of the most special people to ever walk through our lives. We miss you as we did 18 yrs ago, but embrace the memories and will love you forever.
Posted by Lena Tereau on April 23, 2015
Happy Birthday to a beautiful angel in heaven. you are very much forever missed. I can't believe its been 18 years and it still feels like yesterday. ❤
Posted by Eddie Gonzalez on April 23, 2015
Happy Birthday Tia to me U will always be My aunt/friend even if my mom didnt tell about me when she was pregnant with me at the time in your high school day rest in peace forever love you...
Posted by Eddie Gonzalez on February 2, 2015
Hi im a student currently at rio linda high school.. you knew my mother at the time you were going here i visit the memorial here on campus once in awhile i know if you were her you'd wanna meet me i believe my mother was some way she said you were a sis to you and that would make me a nephew cause she wanted to make me your nephew/ fairy godchild
its a lost i feel when i feel the way i do sadness lost empty i wish you were here i miss you i wish i knew you i was born 97 my mom was pregnant with me at that time i love you tia montoya your a miss to my heart love a friend/nephew---- Eddie
Posted by Martha Gomez on May 17, 2014
Michelle, today has been 17 year's that your were called home. Only God knows why. Oh how I miss the day's when you would have all your friends over and Priscilla and I were there hanging out with you guy's and we thought we were so cool. Even with such a big age gap you were never too cool for us. You are still celebrated every year. There is a b-day party for your b-day every year. I have not kept in touch with Priscilla and your mom and dad as much as I'd like too. A few year's after you past my dad made us move to a whole different side of town and we just lost touch. I wish you were there to help us threw it at the time. Priscilla and I cried and cried cause we weren't going to see each other much. She's grown to be a beautiful young lady and from what I see Chris turned out to be quite the gentleman. I'm sure you're looking down on them and I know your proud. I'm glad I found this page and am able to talk to you some how. Love you lot's! Gone but never forgotten :). Love Martha.
Posted by Amanda Cantrell on May 16, 2014
I miss you my friend!!!! Today is such a hard day...even 17 yrs later.
Posted by Cynthia Tatoole-Kahn on May 16, 2014
17 years today. You would be 35 years old. I was 43 with a child attending Rio Linda High School in her Freshman year. She is now 32 and I am 60. It just seems like yesterday though when we lost you. Some very important legal accomplishments came about directly related to your tragic death.....as I put on the bricks of your "Walkway of Peace" memorial, "Your sacrifice was not N vain". You are so missed by so very many. My husband and I will always have a special place in our hearts where we will always remember you and your family. We left a beautiful rose on your memorial bench at the high school this morning in your memory. Our best wishes go out to all your loved ones today and always. Cynthia Tatoole-Kahn and John Kahn
Posted by Gina Williams on April 24, 2014
This made me cry. I was reading some old letters you wrote me when i mived to Texas and the only one who did write me, well you said in the letter, Gina Williams lol in your dreams and thanks to you I am mrs. ERIC WILLIAMS FOR 14 years . I miss and love you beyond words...
Posted by Elizabeth Delahoussaye on April 24, 2014
Michelle I didn't know you but when I was younger with Ms. Sandra I painted an angel for you that I keep with me to this very day and i am now 20 years old. thank you for always listening to my prays and watching over me.I didn't know you but I love you and know that you and you family will always have a special place in my heart.
Posted by Pam Schleeter on April 23, 2014
Happy birthday my beautful Michelle momma miss you so much
Posted by Amanda Cantrell on April 23, 2014
Some say that our memories may be trivial and may not even get how we even still laugh at them so many years later, but the times we shared will forever be remembered. From the times we spent singing in the S10 pickup to the time you tried letting air out tires. We shared the best times and you will forever be missed but stay forever in my heart!!!
Posted by Cilla S on April 23, 2014
Happy Birthday to my big sister, my role model, my angel and true definition of beautiful inside and out! I miss you like crazy and wish everyday that I was able to experience as an adult the strong bond we had when I was just a child. I am pretty sure we would of been the best of friends now. There is not a day that goes by that you do not cross my mind sis! Have a blast in heaven and party it up with Matt and Nick! and of Course all our other fallen angels... Until we meet again! I LOVE YOU! HBD! (Lil sis <3)
Posted by Kasey Wilcox on April 23, 2014
Happy Birthday Friend! I know I would have given you a crazy hard time about being 35. Instead I wish you were here to celebrate it.
Posted by Karina Peña on December 23, 2013
I don't remember if I ever met Michelle because she passed when i was 7but I was told that her grandparents live nearby and that my mom and my aunts knew who she was..I can't believe what happened to her..she was a good student and an exceptional human being (: R.I.P Michelle (:
Posted by Rhizza Lizza on August 14, 2012
I did not know Michelle, but came across this story while looking at things that related to this lovely young lady. We were born in the same year, and it's so sad to see a young person to rest way to soon. My prayers to the family, and friends of this beautiful young lady, 'MICHELLE MONTOYA'.
Posted by Pam Schleeter on May 17, 2012
It has been 15 year and it seems like yesterday you were taken from me and a part of me went with you . Michelle you are forever missed and never forgotten by your family and your closes friends still remember you and all the fun you had with them Jason,Darcie and Amanda ,Nick ,Cisco they miss you
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Posted by Anjnjohn MortonCarey on May 16, 2020
Thinking of you today and always... love and prayers for you and your fam♥️
Posted by Anjnjohn MortonCarey on April 24, 2020
Happy birthday pretty girl! I hope heaven celebrates your life to the fullest. You’ll live on forever in our hearts and memories. So many lessons are embedded in us because of your tragic death. My love and prayers for you and your family always...
Posted by Alyssa Smith on April 23, 2020
Happy Birthday Michelle!! Even though I was a baby when this happened not a day goes by that I dont think about the stories my mom told me about how she would come home from work and see you sleeping on the couch at papa Richard's house, she told me you were always over at Papa Richard's house, or the time you and my mom and papa Richard went to the store and he let you pick out a gift and you and her took a picture with Santa (my mom still has that picture up). You are deeply missed and deeply loved.
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Shared by Lena Tereau on May 16, 2014

I will always remember everytime, and it happned more than once, but each time I was at BOA in the Mar-Val shopping center and she saw me she would get as close as possible and honk the horn of whatever car she was in.
She was a fun, crazy, caring person to be around.