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Valerie Miranda RIP

My friend Valerie Miranda, known on livejournal as otaku_val_chan, was killed by a hit and run driver early yesterday morning. I knew her from the coffee shop. She was not as much of a regular as I am, but she came around often enough for us to get acquainted.

The first time I met her she was outside of the coffee shop wearing candy-striped leggings with a matching stocking cap. She was playing some music on her computer and I asked her what it was, and she said it was the soundtrack to an anime called Revolutionary Girl Utena". She asked me if I'd like for her to burn it onto a CD for me. Sure.

Burning onto a CD sounds so primitive now, even though this was probably not 5 years ago. I'm glad now that she shared it the way she did. I still have the CD. On the front of it she wrote a title and some notes. It's a physical keepsake, which a shared MP3 file would not have been.

I didn't get to know her that well. I know she liked dressing up in costumes and drawing anime figures.She sold her drawings from her website.

The last time I saw her was in the parking lot where Jackson's Java is, about a year ago.For some reason she came up to me and gave me a big long hug. I don't know why. As I said, we weren't that close. It's probably better not to question it, and just be grateful.

One of my facebook friends said of her:

So Valerie M. Miranda was very nice to me when I was not a nice person to anyone. She also
amused me by knowing about Jean Rollin movies. You should say thank you
to people like that while you still have the chance.

I'm not sure who Jean Rollin is. I guess he was the kind of film director Valerie would like. The quote tells you a lot about Valerie even if you don't know who he is.

So does her sister's remark to the press: ""The world is a lot duller and a little less bright and cheery."



Valerie Miranda

I'm Valerie's Dad, I just wanted to say thank you for your comments. We loved her so much. She was so different in so many wonderful ways!

Mike Miranda

Re: Valerie Miranda


I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine what it's like to lose a child.

I appreciate your kind words about my post. I hope it gives people who didn't know her an appreciation of what a delightful person she was. She certainly added fun and happiness to my life.


So sorry

Found your blog through the 15 Things White Girls do on Facebook one, and I wanted to say I am sorry about your friend. She looked like a fun and lively girl, and I hope that karma,the police or both catch up with the driver.

Re: So sorry

Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm happy to say the driver has been caught.

Woman charged in fatal hit-and-run