After a tragic year that saw the death of family member Sarai Sierra while traveling alone in Turkey, the Staten Island widower has found love again with a childhood friend of his wife. Left alone with two sons, Steven Sierra began to lean on Sarai's childhood friend Dulce Arroyo,
"A single mother, Ms. Arroyo became close with Steven and his children, Sion, 12, and Silas, 10, because she often looked after the youngsters while Steven worked," added an article on http://www.silive.com on March 15.
"The couple married in January, just two days after the one-year anniversary of Sarai's death -- ending a painful chapter in the lives of the Sierra family," added the report. According to Steven Sierra,"I wanted to get married the same month Sarai passed away because I wanted to take that month -- which to many might be taboo -- and I wanted to take that month back for my sons and myself," he told the Advance.
"I wanted to turn it into a month of blessings and something beautiful," added Steven Sierra to The Advance. His first wife Sarai Sierra, a college student, died tragically at age 33 while traveling overseas alone on a photography trip in Turkey.
International manhunt ends with sad conclusion
"Her murder sparked an international manhunt for the killer, with Sarai's husband and brother, David Jimenez, joining Turkish police in Istanbul to help search," added The Advance. "A homeless man, Ziya Tasali, 46, was eventually caught and confessed to bludgeoning the 33-year-old mother to death with a rock. He tried to rape her first, according to published reports."
Good samaritan finds love with Steven Sierra
"Ms. Arroyo and her 13-year old son, Angel, showed up a few months later. As a favor, she offered to look after the children while Steven worked. Everyone got along so well," Steven said. "The boys took to her really fast because I think they were in need of that mother figure," added the report.
"His youngest son, Silas, approached his dad one day, and gave him his blessing to take that next step forward," added Steven to The Advance. "He (Silas) told me, 'I want you to get married again,' and I was just blown away -- he said he missed having a mom in his life."
"Steven proposed soon after -- he, his two sons and Angel wore individual t-shirts with the question, "will you marry me?" written across their chests," added The Advance article.
The couple had a City Hall wedding on January 23, 2014. "Steven, a bus driver, and his new wife, a police administrative assistant, juggle work and family each day, he said. On Thursday, they'll celebrate Silas' 11th birthday," added The Advance.
"I don't have to live my life in yesterday," Steven said to The Advance. "I can move forward and be strong for my sons." So although the story ended in tragedy, there was a silver lining for Staten Island man Steven Sierra and his sons.