"Their faces lit up": Family of girls held captive share Christmas experience

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"Their faces lit up": Family of girls held captive share Christmas experience

By Marcelino Benito. CREATED Dec 27, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - For the first time in several  years, three Tucson girls celebrated Christmas.

"It's a Christmas that they will never forget," the girls' aunt Chame Bueno said.

The three sisters spent their first Christmas far from the darkness that dominated their lives for two years.

"We were able to give them gifts that we've had for years for them," she said. "They got to finally receive them."

For Bueno, this Christmas was long overdue.

"It's a feeling, I cannot describe," Bueno said. "They ran to us and hugged us."

Bueno says the girls are healing. And this Christmas, the girls' hero helped. Enrique Iglesias sent personal gifts, happy messages to all three.

"All of a sudden my oldest nieces, her face lit up because he is what kept her going," said Bueno. "It was a face, I'll never forget."

There's a lot the girls do want to forget though, like the horrors they say they experienced at the hands of Sophia and Fernando Richter. For now they're trying to replace old memories with brand new ones.

"Hopefully, we'll be able to mend a lot of the hurt," she said.

They hope this Christmas was just one of many more happy ones to come.

"They have a huge family," she said. "People who care about them and they're going to get through this. It's going to take time and a lot of love."

The girls we're told are doing better and better each day. They are still living together, but do remain in CPS custody. Their mother and stepfather remain locked up. They are due back in court in January.