Parents Learn of Daughter's Death in Tragic Limo Fire

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The parents of a Filipina-American bride who perished on Saturday, along with 4 others in a limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge spoke to a Philippine-based television network, GMA 7, describing how they found out about their daughter's death.

According to GMA NEWS, in a report aired on one of their Philippine news programs, "24 Oras [24 Hours]", Neriza Fojas' parents, Carlito and Sonia, related how they received a series of ominous but confused phone calls that hinted at the tragedy that befell their daughter Neriza.

Carlito then tried to call their other daughter, Rosalyn who lives in Hawaii. Rosalyn, however, was too distraught to come to the phone. They finally learned of Neriza's death through the news media.

"What happened to my child?” asked a tearful Carlito in Filipino, during an internet call with his son-in-law, Carlo Moya.

This is painful, truly painful! We are shocked!,” cried Neriza's mother, Sonia.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, 31-year old Neriza Fojas, died along with 4 others, when the 1999 Lincoln Town Car they were riding, caught fire just after 10:00 PM while crossing the San Mateo Bridge, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fojas and 8 of her friends were headed to a bridal shower party in a Foster City hotel. Four other women and the driver survived.

Fojas was recently married in the United States, and had also been planning to return to the Philippines for another wedding ceremony in June.