A mother of four who was found dead in a tent at a Berkeley homeless camp last week did not live there, had never been there before, and was found without her phone or pocketbook, her family told Berkeleyside this week.
Ariana Ruiz, 40, lived in Oakland on Grand Avenue and may have gone to the camp to meet up with a friend, cousin Fulvio Cajina said Thursday morning. That friend has since vanished, however, and the family was shocked to learn Saturday about Ruiz’s death.
“She wasn’t living at that camp. She was looking forward to life,” he said. “You always have these older family members you’re expecting to hear news about — but never the young ones. The family just doesn’t want this to be ignored.”
Relatives have launched a fundraiser to help Ruiz’s four sons, ages 10 to 19, including 18-year-old Jayme who just left for college to study graphic design in New York. All the money raised will be used to pay for…