Gonzalez was a mother, an educator, a volunteer and an inspiration, according to her friends, co-workers and former teachers.
While the violent and tragic way in which she died isn't lost on those who knew her, their focus now is on how she lived.
'She always joked about people not being able to spell her name or pronounce her name,' Vanessa Vasquez said.
Vasquez can't help but smile when she talks about her friend Ilona.
'To know her from Alverno, to have that sisterhood off-campus and then become good friends where we could go out for margaritas -- we loved doing that, and talking about our life and our families and our career plans and where we were going,' Vasquez said"...Read more