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ev­ery­thing just to get away from what was go­ing on in the world.”

Alexan­dria’s cousin, Peter St. Fleur, called her “the girl who smiled through ev­ery­thing.” The fam­ily called her “Valiz,” the Haitian-Cre­ole word for purse, be­cause she wanted them to bring her along wher­ever they went.

Alexan­dria’s older brother, Fanzo Ch­ery, de­scribed the first time he held his new­born baby sis­ter at the hos­pi­tal. She had chubby red cheeks, he said.

“She rep­re­sented joy, ever since she was a baby. She would walk and hug you for no rea­son; she would dance with no mu­sic,” Fanzo Ch­ery said.

Alexan­dria and Fanzo Ch­ery’s mother, Ros­alie Joseph, left the court­room cry­ing as he spoke to ju­rors.

“When Alex died, our fam­ily fell apart,” Fanzo Ch­ery said. “It was a whirl­wind. Un­cles and daugh­ters stopped talk­ing. Fa­thers and brothers got into heated con­ver­sa­tions. I be­lieve the love we had within the fam­ily died with my sis­ter Alex.”

Saint-Si­mon grew up in Haiti, where his fam­ily still lives. Be­cause his fam­ily lives in a rural area of the coun­try and could not come to Or­lando, a de­fense at­tor­ney trav­eled to Haiti last week and set up a video feed.

Their tes­ti­mony was recorded last week and played back to ju­rors Mon­day.

A son and a daugh­ter, both in their early 20s, said they had not seen their fa­ther in per­son since he left Haiti in 1999, but spoke with him on the phone of­ten.

He sent them money for school and ba­sic needs, they said.

Ju­rors will re­turn to­day to hear more from Saint-Si­mon’s fam­ily.

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