Tucson holidays: Family brings joy to a family in mourning; Sock drive

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A local military family is foregoing the usual Christmas gift exchange to bring joy to a family in mourning.

The Aranda family is still recovering after 17-year-old Ignacia Aranda was found dead in a midtown apartment.

Ignacia left behind a young daughter, but Christmas is still on.

Monday, Homicide Survivors helped a family with the Air National Guard donate and deliver wrapped gifts for the entire household.

"Christmas is like the main holiday we all got together, friends, family, and with her not here it's just kind of like a hole," said Ignacia's Mother Kelly Aranda.

The investigation into Ignacia's death is ongoing.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- And the holiday spirit was also running high at the Southern Arizona VA hospital Monday.

The Rancho Vistoso Retirement Community held a sock drive for several weeks and Monday the group donated more than 1600 pairs to the veterans' homeless office.

The socks will be given to homeless vets during cold Southern Arizona nights.