Vigil Held for Slain Bay Area Woman, Missing Daughter

A vigil was held Thursday in San Francisco for Nicole Fitts, the 32-year-old mother of missing toddler Arianna Fitts. The vigil took place in the parking lot of a Best Buy on 1717 Harrison Street where Fitts was employed. Her body was reportedly discovered April 8 in John McLaren Park badly beaten, according to ABC7. Her 2-year-old daughter is missing. The FBI recently stepped in to help with the search for Arianna Fitts. According to NBC Bay Area, FBI spokesperson Prentice Danner said that the San Francisco Police Department is still handling the investigation. “We’re getting help right now from FBI on some of the technical work that we’re doing. We’re very hopeful that we’re going to get a break. God willing we will find little girl alive,” said Police Chief Greg Suhr. Officer Grace Gatpandan said that Fitts and her daughter were reported missing on April 5. Her co-worker Michael Jacobo said he spoke with her on April 1. Fitts had reportedly been emotional at work recently. Best Buy co-worker Dave Spencer said, “One time I was going on my break, she was crying in the hallway, she was going through a hard time.” The 32-year-old had reportedly had difficulties in the past but had turned her life around. She had been receiving help from the Homeless Prenatal Program but had stopped going to the center in October 2015 because her life was in a more stable place. Martha Ryan who runs the program said, “She was a lovely person and liked by everyone that worked with her.” A friend of Fitts’ said that she had been living with her in the Bayview District for weeks leading up to her murder, but that Arianna had been staying with a babysitter in Oakland. Police are searching in the Bay Area and in Southern California where Nicole and Arianna Fitts would visit. Fitts has another child who is residing with their father in the Los Angeles area. Arianna Fitts’s family said they have not seen her since February and are desperate for information. Her aunt Kathryn Foxx said, “If you think you see her, or you think you have seen her, just please call someone.” Authorities are asking that anyone who sees Arianna Fitts call 9-1-1. No parent wants to consider what could happen to their children in the event of their passing but having a plan is imperative. Legal documents outlining child custody and related matters are necessary to ensure a child’s safety and well-being when parents are no longer able to fulfill their parental roles. A legal document assistant could assist parents with the challenging task of considering “what if”scenarios and making difficult choices that when completed bring peace of mind. For help with legal document preparation in the area of family law, estate planning, and other considerations that could affect your loved ones, please contact today.

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