In Loving Memory of Jessie Pando

Jessie Pando

Jessica Pando tragically passed away in a car accident on November 14, 2007. Friends of Jessie and the Pando family have set up this website as a memorial to Jessie. We will also be posting your messages to Jessie on the website, so please send your messages to

"She had the heart that cared completely.
 She had the smile that brought so much pleasure.
 She had the love that brought joy beyond measure."


A sincere thank you to everyone who has donated to the Jessie Pando Memorial Fund:

Eric Smith  •  Briana Troxler  •  Justin Davis  •  Hector Centeno  •  John Gomez  •  Manish Sundrani  •  David Segura  •  Laura Clemens  •  Steve Randazzo  •  Dave and Susan McIntyre  •  Carla Gasway  •  Alex Torres  •  Marie Garcia  •  Jesus E. Valdez  •  Jacob Short  •  Mackenzie McLaughlin  •  Kaysie Bentley  •  John and Becky Narvarte  •  John St. Leon  •  Joe Lopez  •  Melinda Luevano


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Send your messages to and they will be posted here.

To the Pando family:

I really don't know how to begin, I just recently found out the tragic news.

I have always wondered why God takes the ones who bring much joy to this world so soon and Jessie definitely fits this category. I may not have known her as closely as others, but with Jessie you didn't need to know her to feel the love that she had for this world. Once you saw that smile it seemed as if their was no evil in this world. She had a heart full of compassion and free of judgement,it was no wonder it was so easy to like her. I honestly could not say or think of one negative thing about her, it was as if she was perfect and not meant for this world, Angelic like. However short her life was, she definitely made a large impact on many lives, including mine. I will always remember her beautiful smile and kind spirit and continue to have a crush on her. Her spirit lives on and continues to inspire the kind of joy and love that she brought to this world! I am so thankful to God that I am able to say that I knew Jessie Pando. She will forever live on through those she inspired...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

David Carrasco
Franklin '03

Posted on November 14, 2010

Jessie, its taking me a long time to come here and say what I wanted to. Now I think is the time.

Many have said you had the most beautiful smile but you were much more
A gentle soul and spirit thats what you were
Your soft voice is what I miss
The sparkle in your eyes
Your thoughtfullness.
You are well loved still and dearly missed.

Today as I think of you I still sit back and cry
So youthful so strong
I often wonder why
Why God decided to take you into his arms
Reunite you with your Father the one you so loved

Though it was tragic
I know in my heart
Your where it is happy and safe in Heaven
With our Creator Himself

I love you Jessie

Your cousin,

Christy Pando

Posted on November 16, 2008

Just thinking about you on your Birthday Jessie. We all still love you and we all miss you like crazy. But I rest assured, knowing you're in a better place.

Rene Sanchez

Posted on October 6, 2008

I remember when I first met you at Rosa Guerrero as an excellent soccer player.Then I had you in Band Class at Hornedo, we would make fun of you and Jaime Hong because you looked like brothers.I still remember that laugh you could not resist to smile at.It was a pleasure having you for a class with Mr. Carthy at Franklin. Last time I saw you was when you sold me some sandles at American Eagle.You were so anccious to work at PF Changs.Remember I told you to have patience and you would get it! I bumped into you on my space around October, you know it's so hard to a say goodbye to such a good person. I don't thing I ever saw her angry, she was like a shinning light.Till the day Jessie, let your light shine.My Blessings go out to the Pando Family.

Sean Kelley

Posted on June 17, 2008


Prayers for you and your family now and always. I hope you all are doing okay. Heard about Jessie the other day. Condolences from all of us here in Ft. Worth.

Jeff & Amanda Sodoma

Posted on March 9, 2008

Jessie was many things to many people... to us she was family. It's taken me a while to sit down and write this, doing so feels like acknowledging that she's not actually here anymore, it seems so final. I have many fond memories of Jessie, one I'd like to share. When we were all little, Jessie used to hate her freckles, she used to cry and told us they were ugly. As a little girl, I thought they were cute, and when she got a little older, her freckles in fact turned out to be part of her natural beauty and charm. She was beautiful inside and out and our family was better for her being in it. We miss you, but know you are in a place where you can still feel our love.

Aubrey Knox

Posted on February 8, 2008


I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. Although I did not have the pleasure of meeting Jessie, it's apparent she was a beautiful person that touched many people's lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

May God be with you and your family!

Daniel Tovar

Posted on December 4, 2007

I do not know Jesse nor do I know her family, I’m just an employee here at UTEP. However, the news of her passing has touched my heart. I have looked at the pictures in her website and without even knowing Jesse personally I could tell she was a wonderful young woman. Her smile says a thousand words. My deepest condolences to the Pando family. May God help you in this difficult time. I will be praying for all of you.


Posted on November 27, 2007

hard to beleive you are gone, id give anything to go back to when we were much younger. its been a couple of years since ive last seen you but i remember that smile and those freckles like it was yesterday. may you rest in peace jessie and ill see you again when my time comes

Mark A. Garcia

Posted on November 27, 2007

Well I don't even know where to start. I hadn't seen Jesse since high
school. A girl in my class knew Jesse and told me about something in
the paper, I said it had to be a cousin or something, but not Jesse.
Sure enough after class I looked at the paper and it was her. It felt
crazy. It became so real to me that people pass away. That it can
happen to ANYONE. Jesse was so sweet and such a nice girl. She was
probably one of the nicest girls I ever knew. Its hard to believe that
I will never see her again. I wish I could go back and play one last
game with her. I'm also very sorry for her family. It is as if her dad
passed away not to long ago and now Jesse. I can only imagine how that
must feel. May God Bless You and your family in this time of sorrow and
need. I'll miss you Jesse!

Molly Mosley

Posted on November 23, 2007

Dearest Helen, Raquel and Jay,

I have no words to ease the deep loss you feel, I offer only that you are in my thoughts and heart.

May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you.

And the light that shines within you, find your way home.

Inez (Innie) and Marcelle Jones

Posted on November 21, 2007

"Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair and against our will, comes peace through the awful grace of God." - Aeschylus

Darren Knox

Posted on November 21, 2007

You've had to endure the unendurable so many times now. I know the Good Lord has required more of you than most of us can imagine. Please know that so many of us are so sad with you at the loss of beautiful, kind Jessie. It makes the world a sadder place for us all, so we can't possibly know the depth of your grief. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. with Love and Prayers

John and Becky Narvarte

Posted on November 19, 2007

It seems like only yesterday -- I guess you were 11 or 12 years old -- that you joined our Jaguars soccer team. You had that easy shy smile that made everyone instantly like you. Yet you had the heart of a champion. Though you were younger, you held your own against players up to two years older. "Quick feet", I used to call you, as you routinely stole the ball away from the other girls. It was my pleasure to have coached you for a few years.

You are now at a better place. Put in a good word for the rest of us.

Coach Valdez

Posted on November 19, 2007

To Raquel and the Pando family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this sad time.
May the Lord bless you and give you comfort and peace as you remember Jessie.

My deepest sympathies,

Elizabeth Anderson

Posted on November 19, 2007

To Jesse's family and close ones,
I can't begin to tell you all how tragic the news was to hear that we had lost another beautiful soul. Jesse seemed to light up everything around her where ever she went. You could hear the resonance of her soft voice echoing the room she was speaking in. Even if she was troubled she wouldn't portray it to be that way. I know she hears each one of our thoughts and everything we've been wanting to tell her, we still can. She is now guarding us in our lives. Maria Elena, Raquel, and Joel to each of you I just want to say please be strong and find peace with the Lord for He will guide you through this rough journey. Jesse was a real, comforting, light-hearted, genuine person that will forever be remembered in all of our hearts.

Love you, Jessie, miss you


Posted on November 18, 2007

I met Jessie (briefly) through her older sister Raquel, my younger sister's best friend. What everyone says about her smile is true; it's so very sweet. She had an obvious warmth and sweetness in her nature that would be hard to imitate. I described her to my wife as a shorter version of her big sister, with freckles :) Beautiful and kind is an understatement regarding this special young woman. We want the Pando family to know we keep them all in our thoughts and prayers.


Gokul and Urmi Subramanian (Hurst, TX)

Posted on November 18, 2007


I am deeply sorry for the tragic loss that your family has suffered. I never had the opportunity to meet your sister, but I'm sure that she was as kind and loving as you are. I will be praying for you and for your family tonight. Do know that once I see you again, if there is anything that you need, just let me know and I'll be there.

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." - John 14:27.

Jacob Short

Posted on November 18, 2007

Dear Raquel, Joel, and Maria Elena,
When Brad told me about Jessie's wreck, my heart broke for you all. She was such a sweet, wonderful and loving person who was more genuine than most people can aspire to be. I'll never forget how incredibly sweet her smile was. I cannot begin to imagine the pain you are feeling, but I pray that God brings you and your family peace, understanding, courage and healing in the coming months and years. Please know that you are constantly in my prayers and thoughts.
Most Sincerely,

April Flowers

Posted on November 18, 2007

I saw Jessie the night she passed away and I asked her how she was feeling...
She said she was really really tired.
I wish I would have made a more fervent effort to make sure that since she felt that way, she could've gotten home safetly that night. I did not know her well enough to call her on weekends, go to dinner, or fill out an application because we would have the opportunity to work with one another, but with the small encounters we've ever had throughout the years amongst all of our friends, I could never forget how nice she was; This seems to be the enduring quality that we all perpetually have recognized..He always takes the best.

Love you Jessie

Devin Terrin

Posted on November 18, 2007


I can still see myself walking into work, seeing your face and saying hi to you, and hearing you say "hi Erica!". I still remember telling you that if my daughter were to grow up to be like anybody, it would be you. From a dad's perspective, your were always the sweetest, most caring, lovable one of them all. I miss you dearly.

Eric Alva

Posted on November 18, 2007

I have been fortunate enough to know the Pando family for a number of years. It is truly a tragedy what has happened to Jessie and what the Pando family has had to endure.

When I looked at Jessie I saw a sweet, beautiful young girl who could light up a room with a flash of her smile, yet she was a shy, quite girl who could make you forget you were in a room with 25 people. Jessie had this unique ability to individually touch people in a positive way and over the past few days I have seen how many people she had touched though the outpouring of support and love from family and friends.

My heart is broken for the Pando family and we should take what we have been fortunate enough to receive from Jessie, and remember the young girl who had the ability to touch each of us uniquely, but also exactly the same.

My love and support goes to Raquel, Mrs. Pando, and Joel in this time of adversity.

Steve Randazzo

Posted on November 18, 2007


It is so hard to believe that you are gone. I met you shortly after I met Raquel. You were always so sweet, always had a smile on your face, and were always fun to be around. I always hoped that you were working on the nights I went to PF Chang's, just so we could have a chance to say hi and catch up.

The outpouring of grief, sadness, and support over the last few days has been phenomenal. You truly touched a lot of people in a short amount of time, and you were taken from us far too soon. I hope this message reaches you wherever you are, and I will always be here to support your mom, your brother, and your sister. I will miss you greatly.

Love always,

Brandon Silverstein

Posted on November 18, 2007

I don't know were to start, I met Jessie through her best friend Guillermo-Memo back in 03 franklin Prom, She was very friendly and always smiling. I recall us getting ready to go out,and her sweet voice trying to pronounce spanish words. She had such a bubbly happy personality, it was hard to picture her mad or sad. Silly Jessi, she used say her freckles were named after disney characters. I saw her about 2-3 weeks ago that we went out and she was the same ol' Jessie smiling and friendly. When I heard the news it was hard for me to believe it since I had just seen her weeks before, I couldn't believe it. My thoughts and prayers for the Pando Family. Betty just like Memo used to call u, I love u and will miss u greatly.

Maritza Marquez

Posted on November 18, 2007


You were the sweetest young lady that I had ever met. You're heart was filled with love and kindness for everyone you met. I got to know your sister and I was best friends with your cousin. May you rest in peace. God bless your family. I will pray for you and your family in the days to come. My husband never met you, but because of what he has heard of you, he wishes you joy and happiness in heaven. Remember that things happen for a reason. We are all blessed to have come in contact with Jessie and we are blessed that she ever graced us with her presence. Keep your faith true.

God Bless You,

Brenda & Fabiann Mendoza

Posted on November 17, 2007

Maria Elena, Raquel, and Joel

Victor and I are so sorry for your lost. Jessie was a beautiful girl with a big heart, now she is a beautiful angel looking down on us. I know that no words will take your pain away, but we are praying that you keep your faith in God and by that, he will help you be strong. We want to let you guys know that we are here for you Maria Elena and that we love you and your family very much and we will always be here like you have been for us. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES!!!!

Love always,

Mildred & Victor

Posted on November 17, 2007

Though I was not close freinds with Jessie, she touched my heart deeply. I remember her well and our times togther in gym class at Hornedo and the occasional conversation at Franklin. When I first learned of the accident, her beautiful face, sprinkled with freckles, flashed in my head and I just began to cry. She was the dearest aquaintance I will ever know, and the biggest sweetheart. She had a caring heart like no other girl I have ever known. The world losses a great person this week and all that knew her will never be the same after knowning her. I was only a school freind of hers but have still been deeply touched by having her in my life, she is a remarkable person and it will be difficult in coming to terms with her loss. I feel blessed by the lord to have met her. I know her charitable and caring ways are now at home in heaven for she was always an angel on earth. God Bless you and keep you Jessie, and watch over your loved ones from above as they go through this difficult time. You are greatly missed and were will continue to be dearly loved by everyone who recieved the gift of knowing you.

Meagan O'Toole Pitts

Posted on November 17, 2007

To Maria Elena, Raquel, and Joel

Jessie was a beautiful, happy, and ever smiling young girl who
captured our hearts at a young age playing soccer. She always played
"up" in age so that she and Raquel could be on the same team. Because
of that, Jessie was usually the smallest girl on the team. But she
never played like the smallest. Whenever Jessie entered a game the
tempo and level of play completely changed. She brought with her such
life and energy and competitiveness that she could change things just
by being on the field. She was always so fun to coach and watch
because she truly enjoyed the excitement of those wonderful days of

We will always remember Jessie for her happiness and he ability to
make people happy just by being herself. She was a truly a gift to
this earth and we are grateful for having known her.

Dave and Susan McIntyre

Posted on November 17, 2007

I have so many fond memories about Jessie, I could
write a book. I remember the first time I saw her. She
remembers the first time we met, but I remember the
first time I saw her. She was so gentle and shy. The
first time we hung out outside of school was for a
soccer banquet she invited me to. We removed ourselves
from the party, and we talked the entire time. Even
though we didn't know each other that well, she
listened to what I had to say, and I listened to what
she had to say. I can honestly say that we immediately
had a connection that most people will never have.
After about a month we went out for the second time to
a baseball game. I couldn't tell how it was going
though because after everything I said she giggled. I
didn't know if this was out of sympathy or if she
really was having a good time (She later told me she
really had a good time). Time flew by, but we spent
many nights just watching movies and laughing. Many of
my greatest memories come from just being alone with
her doing something as simple as watching T.V. I was
heartbroken when she left Arlington, but I understood.
I wish I could have stopped time. No one will ever be
able to know of all the memories that I have of her,
and that's ok, because I want them for myself. I feel
like I have seen her at her happiest, and her most
sincere. I would give anything to be stuck in that
period of my life, because I know Me and her could do
no wrong as long as we were best friends. I loved
Jessie then, and I always will.

Brad Bearden

Posted on November 17, 2007


You were always the kid sister hanging around...but became a huge part of the team, once you were old enough...once a Jag, always a Jag. Remember that time your dad took me, you, and Raquel to see Star Wars when it came back to theaters...and we were making Chewbaca noises all the way home? lol. It's been a while since I last saw you...but like I said, once a Jag, always a Jag...and you will always be in my heart. You will make heaven more beautiful than even God could have imagined.

Love you.


Posted on November 17, 2007

To Raquel, Joel, and Maria Elena,

I want to send out my thoughts and prayers to all of you for loosing a sister and a daughter. I knew the Pando’s real good because I went to school with Raquel and we were both in the Girl Scouts together. I want you to know that I will pray for you at this time of grieving for the loss of a family member.

Terri Medina

Posted on November 17, 2007

never has the tangibility of life hit so close to home,
she was young,
and my heart feels once again,
although i am strong, i am still saddened,
she was beautiful, and promised to be amazing,
with a good heart, she was chosen,
why not any of the creeps, assholes, rapists, murderers...,
it was her time i suppose,
which says to me it is all of our time,
and we must be prepared,
life is weak and we must be strong in our hearts,
i cry for her,
not tears of pain, but tears of joy,
for she has had a good run,
and she is missed,
although she was loved,
why does it take tragedy to make us realize how much we apriceate any given person,
as much as we do,
and throughout the monotany of it all we dismiss them as average, well to do stragglers,
why can we not love like today is the last,
i now struggle daily to love as today is my last, and i will continue to struggle,
there is so much opportunity for us all,
and for her it was stolen,
drama always afflicts us as a whole(humanity),
and we have differing opinions which cause anger,
and strife,
why we cannot get past it until death strikes us is beyond me,
because when death strikes it is too late to say-
i love you, i miss you, and i am sorry,
now sadness is my only friend
sweet dreams Jessie Pando

Marcus Voss

Posted on November 16, 2007

To: Jessie's Mom and family, our prayers are with you. With deep hurt we lost an angel sent to this world, but in heaven she will be the angel watching over us. We will miss you Jessie.

Morehead Security Staff

Posted on November 16, 2007


Working the patio at P.F. Chang's was a good and bad thing. For good, we had just a few tables and we got the hell out of there early. For bad, we hardly made money at times and cleaning up was not so much fun. My ID...we never went to go get it, but you and kenny still managed to get me into Maverick's and Brew! hahaha! Your smile will always be remembered! The few times we actually got to talk are still fresh in my memory and the reason for that is because you touched my heart. I hope to see you agian, but until that day comes please watch over us. God needed another angel to him, he chose you.

Jackie Baylon

Posted on November 16, 2007

Helen I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You.

Bob Hernandez

Posted on November 16, 2007

My dear Raquel. I am so sorry for your loss. You were there for me when my brother was sick. Just know that I am here for whatever you need. You are brave and you are resilient. You are so strong and smart, you will persevere. You and your family are in my prayers. Just know you are loved Raquel and you will get through this.

My heart was made of broken bones
My soul a bag of stick and stone
But you along this dusty road
Have come my love to take me home.

So I give to you my everything
You've given me these loving wings
Angels have all gathered 'round
To hear me sing my love out loud.

Your lightly love lifted me away
Out of a darkness cold and gray
Now I work beneath the midday sun
My cool blue water you have come.

So I give to you my everything
You've given me these loving wings
Angels have all gathered 'round
To hear me sing my love out loud.

So take your place here next to me
And I'll take my place there next to thee
And no matter how far we may roam
It's by your side I'll make my home.

So I give to you my everything
You've given me these loving wings
Angels have all gathered 'round
To hear me sing my love out loud.

Katie Larson

Posted on November 16, 2007

My prayers are with you, Maria Elena, the Pando family and Jessie's friends. There is no understanding why, but I pray that God's peace, which surpasses all understanding, surrounds all of you. May God bless you and grant you His peace.

Trish James

Posted on November 16, 2007

It was such a blessing to meet Jessie and to have her in my life. I met her at UTEP. Her soft voice coupled with her endless smile never failed to spread to those around her. Genuine is the perfect word to describe her. Everyone who knew her knows what an amazing person she was, and the only consolation is that there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that she will be sitting high in God’s Kingdom with a smile on her face. You’re are a beautiful girl Jessie, and I am glad that you touched my life. I am sorry that I can’t be there to say goodbye, but you will always live in my memories.

Raul Estrada

Posted on November 16, 2007

I am friends with Jessie’s brother Joel. Although I did not know her very well on a personal level, every interaction that I did have with her, whether it be at the Pando household or maybe just at a soccer tournament, was one of kindness and joy. I can confidently say that she is one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of meeting and will probably ever meet. I don’t think I ever saw her not smiling, which is testimony to the happiness she must have had in her life as well as given to others. She will be sorely missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Pandos.

Zach Bradford

Posted on November 16, 2007

I remember when the two of us played flute together in the Hornedo Middle School Band. We were the two Jessie's in the flute section! Time has most definitely passed, but I will never forget the sweet and bubbly personality that never failed to kindle a sense of joy in those around her. My heart and love goes out to her family and all that knew her.

Jessica Zimmerman

Posted on November 16, 2007

Hello Pando family and friends,

I work with Jessie's sister Raquel. I am sure Jessie is just as sweet and amazing as Raquel and I give my deepest sympathies to all of you. There are no words that can heal your pain, but know I am praying for all of you, especially Jessie and Raquel.

Kelly Nordick

Posted on November 16, 2007

My condolences go out to the family of Jessica. This news reached us in Phoenix, Arizona. Only god knows why he needed this beautiful angel by his side. My prayers to the family and friends, you will be dearly missed.

Albert Flores (Phoenix, AZ)

Posted on November 16, 2007

I became friends with Jessie in 7th grade when we ran track together at Hornedo. I always admired her because she was an amazing runner, but much more importantly, she was one of the sweetest girls you could ever hope to meet. I very much regret that we lost contact in high school. My heart and prayers go out to Jessie and her family.

Arielle Kaplan

Posted on November 16, 2007

I am very sorry about your loss, my sister knew Jessica, I knew her older sister Raquel. I am very sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies are with your family.

James Duffy (Baumsholder, Germany)

Posted on November 16, 2007

Pando my dear! Oh gosh, Jessie was one of the cutest, most sweetest persons I have ever met. I knew her from soccer and school and she was a gosh darn great forward and sooo shy and unintentionally cute with her freckles and little voice and such. I looked up to her as a person and a soccer player. I'm really saddened by this horrible news. And I send my condolences out to her family and her friends as well. Her smile will never fade away in my head. That's one of the greatest memories I'll always keep with me, her head turning smile. What a doll. We'll miss ya pretty lady! I hope you're smilin down on us right now.

Jessica Duffy

Posted on November 16, 2007

I would like to give my deepest condolences to all of Jessie's friends and family members especially the Pando family my thoughts and prayers are with you! I had the pleasure of meeting Jessie at PF Chang's my family and I went for lunch one day and she was our waitress. A few days later I was telling my good friend Melissa about her and how beautiful and nice she was and what great service we had! Come to find out it was her cousin. Eventhough I didn't know Jessie very well I feel blessed meeting her! I will never forget her BEAUTIFUL smile!! Now she is reunited with her Dad and their both watching over everyone they love! Live for something....Write your name in kindness, love, and mercy on the hearts of thousands you come in contact with....You will never be forgotten! May God give everyone who is hurting strength and guidance! Take care! May this poem bring some comfort to your hearts!

The Reunion Heart

Since Heaven has become your home
I sometimes feel I'm so alone;
and though we now are far apart
you hold a big piece of my heart.

I never knew how much I'd grieve
when it was time for you to leave,
or just how much my heart would ache
from that one fragment you would take.

God lets this tender hole remain
reminding me we'll meet again,
and one day all the pain will cease
when he restores this missing piece.

He'll turn to joy my every tear,
with thoughts of you I hold so dear,
and they'll become my special way
to treasure our Reunion Day!

Valorie Mckenzie

Posted on November 16, 2007

Elena, there is no words that can express my feelings to you and your family but I want you to know that I am here for anything you need, today, tomorrow and forever. You are so dear to me and to many others. God Bless. Love you.

Linda Bright

Posted on November 16, 2007


Your gorgeous smile and kindness will be missed greatly.You had such an positive aura which couldn't help but be contagious. I will always keep our memories in a special place and will never forget you. May God Bless you and your loving family.

Love you.

Enrique Cervantes

Posted on November 16, 2007

It was while the Pandos were living here in Arlington that I first met Jessie. Her sister Raquel and I became fast friends during our Junior year in high school, and I eventually became one of the 'regulars' at the Pando house. Jessie, who was 15 at the time, came bouncing down the stairs to greet me. I instantly felt comfortable in her warm presence. I'm happy to say that over the years I've been lucky to accumulate several such memories of Jessie as I regularly visited the Pandos after their move back to El Paso.

Jessie stayed our house in Arlington on two occasions after returning to El Paso. Once was to attend a homecoming and the other was to attend prom. I remember how much fun Raquel and I had when taking Jessie to get her hair and makeup done, and teasing her afterwards as Jessie spent the ride home wiping most of the makeup off. She ended up having a great time and came home with her trademark, an ear-to-ear million dollar smile.

I cannot believe that she is gone. Without a doubt, her love and warmth will be missed by many.

Shilpi Subramanian (Arlington, TX)

Posted on November 16, 2007

Jessie and I go way back to elementary school. I remember we used to have tons of slumber parties and collect Lisa Frank stickers. You could easily spend a day laughing with her. Although we grew apart after high school, I'll always cherish those memories of when we were young. Thank you for that Jessie. My prayers go out to you and your family. We'll miss you.

Samantha Cisneros

Posted on November 16, 2007

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Ms. Jessie Pando. May it comfort one and all to know that she is in Heaven, safe in God's hands, because He has decided that it was her time to leave this world and make it to the next one. She is an angel in Heaven and a star in the night sky. My thoughts and prayers are with all who are grieving and for Jessie. We don't understand it, why do these things happen? I suppose it's not for us to know. All we do know is that God wanted her to return to him, and she graciously did so.

Angel Anna Griffith (Vado, NM)

Posted on November 16, 2007

I would like to thank the friends of Jessie who put this website together. It is a place where we can all come together and share our love for the family. I did not know Jessie but I do know her mother. My prayers are with all of you, for I feel there is no word in the world to describe what you must be feeling, but know that with the support of your family and friends we will carry you through this difficult time. God Bless

Pamela Mathews

Posted on November 16, 2007

She was a girl you couldn’t help but Love. May her soul rest now. I will miss your beautiful smile. An amazing girl Jessie was!!!

Tracy M. Vitela

Posted on November 15, 2007

I am Jessica's uncle. Jessica has always been a sparkling jewel in our family. I remember her smiling while playing in her swimming pool when she was just a little girl. I remember her being really excited (and smiling) when we found a cockatoo outside her house (she wanted so much to keep it). I remember one Easter that she was sneaking candy and eggs into my daughter's basket (her younger cousin, Marissa) because Marissa wasn't able to compete with the older kids and wasn't able to find much on her own. When I kidded her about that, she smiled (naturally). Those are the ways I'll always remember Jessica. I feel slighted that there won't be new memories, but am so glad for the ones she's given me.

Darren Knox (Los Alamos, NM)

Posted on November 15, 2007

This was posted on myspace by my good friend Peter:

Extinguish a Star Fire

We lost a beautiful soul yesterday.
Her hair was thick and dark, dark brown. I don't think i ever saw it
out of place.
Her smile was so great the flowers would get envious when she walked by.
I can't think about her laughing, because it was so great it makes me
cry to think that no one will ever hear it again.
You could walk past her, or give her a hug, or just say 'hi' in
passing and it was unmistakable that it was her. You could feel the
compassion and warmth radiating off of her.
God and those couple of freckles on her cheeks were adorable.
I've been told that she was perfect. I never argued it, because i
couldn't think of a reason why she wasn't.
I guess I can only feel blessed.
Blessed because I got to know such a beautiful person.
If she comes back as anything, you'll know it.
Maybe she'll be a butterfly, or a firefly.
If God has any good plans, He'll let her come back as her. He'll give
us another Jesse.
I wish I could have written you a poem. Something that could stand up
to how great you were. I'm too sad though.

We love you and we'll always miss you Jesse. I'll pray for your family.

In Memory of Jesse Pando.

Dave Cortez

Posted on November 15, 2007

Dear Jessie,

Although I only got to know you for a short while, I just want to thank you for all the good times and memories you gave me. Thank you for your smile and your sense of humor. I will miss you. My prayers go out to your family and all your friends.

John Gomez

Posted on November 15, 2007


You were one of the greatest person’s I have ever met with a warm heart and beautiful smile. You’re truly one of a kind! I will miss you, but I know you’re in a better place and will be one of God’s angels looking down watching over us. May you rest in peace sweetheart!


Briana Troxler

Posted on November 15, 2007

I knew Jessie Pando from America Eagle and she was a wonderful girl, who always had a smile on her face when she came in to work. She was a great co worker and a hard working girl. When i heard the news i couldn't believe it, but now she is in a better place with her father. I will truely miss her. I will always cherish the times we worked together. May you rest in peace.

Vanessa A.

Posted on November 15, 2007