CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. — The three little graves are covered in artificial turf, bright green on a cold winter evening.
The gravestones are hand-painted in swirls of purple and a darker green, with cloth butterflies centered above the names: Samarah, 9; Samantha, 10; and Samia, 13.
Three little butterflies dead and buried, shot b their father, David Mora, with a homemade ghost gun one ear ago.
Their mother, Ileana Gutiérrez, stands behind those graves. Her bod is rigid with grief until the pain breaks free of her control. Then, it consumes her and everone around her, a palpable force like the night wind whirling around us, impossible not to feel.
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