The family and friends of a teenage mother who was strangled and then had her baby stolen from her womb will gather for her Friday funeral.
Marlen Ochoa Lopez, 19, was strangled on April 23 and had her son cut out of her womb in a nauseating murder that remained undiscovered for three weeks.
While the baby clings to hospital life, her husband, toddler son and family from Mexico came together to let her rest.
Her funeral will be held at Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Stickney, Illinois, later today.
Marlen & # 39; s mother shared a photo of her awake on Thursday evening with her flower-decorated chest
Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was murdered on April 23
Late on Thursday, her parents shared photos from within the mourning center of her white coffin that was decorated with flowers.
& # 39; Rest in peace my heaven & # 39 ;, her mother, Raquel, wrote on Facebook while sharing a video of the wake.
There was a slideshow of family photos with music in the background.
Her grandparents and family arrived in Chicago on Thursday for the service.
Since then, they have been introduced to her newborn son, Yadiel, who stays in the intensive care unit at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
That's where her killers brought him on April 23 after he cut him from her womb and claimed he was his.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, her daughter Desiree, 24, and Clissa's friend Piotr Bobak, 40, are all behind bars awaiting their first lawsuit for murder charges and hiding a corpse.
As they wait, questions have been raised about how horrific crime went unnoticed for so long.
Marlene was missing on April 23 and was reported missing the next day by her husband.
But for two weeks the murderers pretended that her baby boy was in the hospital. Only when one of the family's friends informed the police of Marlen & # 39; s Facebook contact with Clarisa did they begin to connect the dots.
The funeral program includes a photo of the teenager on her wedding day
Family and friends were photographed on Friday morning at the funeral home
Mourners visited the Marlen coffin late at night on Thursday, the day before the funeral
The baby is now being cared for by his father, Yovany. His health is improving, told friends of the DailyMail.com family
Yovany Lopez, 20, sobbed because he remembered being forced to make a polygraph after missing his wife Marlen on April 23.
Marlen & # 39; s father, Arnulfo Ochoa, hired a private investigator because he was so frustrated about the Chicago Police Department's lack of action. He is shown on May 16, the day after his daughter's body was found in a garbage can
Marlen & # 39; s body was only found on May 15.
On Thursday, her husband Yovany sadly revealed how her family suspected he was responsible for her disappearance before the truth came out.
He also told how he was forced by the Chicago police to take a lie-detector test and that the whole process had him & # 39; broken-shaved & # 39; and had left reports.
The hospital where the baby was brought is now also being examined because he did not call the authorities when Clarisa appeared and claimed to have given birth on April 23, but showed no signs of labor.
Prosecutors say she was examined by an OB technician who cleaned Marlen & # 39; s blood from her, but no one thought to call the authorities that it was clear she was not in the condition of a woman who had just been gave birth at home.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, was the brain behind the plot. She pretended to be months pregnant and lured Marlen to her house after she met her on Facebook, according to police
Clarisa & # 39; s 24-year-old daughter Desiree, left, is four months pregnant. She made a full confession to the police, including how she pulled Marlen & # 39; s fingers from her neck to prevent her from fighting her mother when she strangled her with an electric cable. Piotr Bobak, 40, right, is Clarisa's boyfriend accused of helping them to disguise the murder
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