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Sacramento thrift shop owners pay for funeral of unhoused employee that died

(KTXL) — This Valentine’s Day will be a hard one for thrift shop owners Alfredo and Martha Ochoa after the untimely death of one of their employees, an unhoused woman from Sacramento named Suki.

She was recently hit and killed by an alleged drunken driver, and the Ochoas were informed about her death later by police.

Her funeral was held on Tuesday, organized and paid for by the Ochoa family.

“I let her stay here a long time because to me, she was a part of my family,” Alfredo Ochoa, owner of America Thrift Store, said to FOX 40 News.

Ochoa says that Suki was in a wheelchair and that he and his wife helped take care of her. Suki’s boyfriend, David Armstrong, says that he and Suki have been close to the Ochoa family for a long time.

“I went to Tennessee to see his daughter have her baby. I’ve just been everywhere with them,” Armstrong said.

It was in December of 2022 when, one day, Suki did not appear at the thrift shop.

“At 3 a.m. the police called me from Elk Grove and said, ‘Are you Alfredo?’ I said yeah,” Ochoa recounts. “They said, ‘Suki passed away. She was hit by a car.’”

Unfortunately, this was not the Ochoas’ first time experiencing the death of a loved one to a drunken driver. Their daughter, Carla, passed away in a similar crash in June 2021.

Now, the Ochoas help raise their grandson Noah, who survived the crash.

At their shop, they continue to have a memorial for Suki, a person that was important to the Ochoa family, to her boyfriend and

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Taylor Lautner and Taylor Dome Are ‘Not Rushing’ Wedding Planning: ‘Enjoying This Engagement Stage’

2022 CMT Music Awards – Arrivals

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Taylor Lautner is taking wedding planning day by day.

While chatting with PEOPLE about the Clear the Shelters campaign, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the actor, 30, also opens up about how he and his fiancée Taylor Dome are in no rush when it comes to getting everything set for their upcoming nuptials.

“We’ve started [planning for the wedding], but we’re not rushing anything,” Lautner tells PEOPLE. “We’re still just enjoying this engagement stage.”

“It’s crazy. Like, you’ll be able to call somebody your girlfriend for a long time, and you’ll be able to call [her] your wife for a long time, but you only get to enjoy this fiancée stage for so long,” he continues. “That’s why you hear me saying, ‘Me and my fiancée.’ It’s so obnoxious.”

Adds Lautner: “I’m milking it. I’m milking it as much as I can. So we’re still enjoying this stage and we’ve started the process, but nothing is nailed down yet.”

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Lautner and Dome, 25 — a registered nurse — were first introduced by the Twilight star’s sister Makena Moore and went public with their relationship in 2018.

PEOPLE then confirmed that the couple got engaged in November 2021. Lautner proposed to Dome with a custom-designed oval-cut diamond from Ring Concierge.

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Thrift store, housing nonprofit replaces building, changes name | News

The local group running a thrift store for many years and supporting construction of affordable homes is making significant changes, but much will remain the same, said Luella Maine, the store manager.

“We are the same people, we just have a different name,” Maine said last week at the former Habitat for Humanity thrift store at 223 Second Ave. SE.

The group has switched its affiliation to a different organization, the international nonprofit The Fuller Center for Housing, that better suits the Quincy operation, local representatives said. The local group’s new name is Quincy Valley Thrift Store – The Fuller Center for Housing.

The organization is also nearing the home stretch of a pivotal project to replace its aged store with a spacious, modern structure. The new store’s interior has yet to be finished. But, Bob Buys, a longtime member of the board who is leading the building project, said it could be ready as soon as Aug. 15.

“It’s been amazing,” Buys said.

Buys has been instrumental, said Ulises Infante, president of the board. Infante also serves as a volunteer associate pastor and is running for public office.

The previous store space consisted of two old houses joined together but not connected to the newer storage building in front. Floors were uneven. Repairs became an issue. So, the board decided about a year ago to build a new store, Buys said.

“That decision was based on an evaluation of the building. It didn’t meet code in many ways,” Maine said.

With the pandemic slowing everything down, the thinking was it was a good time, while making the switch to Fuller, to get the new building done and then emerge with the new name and new store.

The local group tore down the houses in winter to make way for

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