Maria was an upstanding member of the community and a woman who inspired life into so many people. Her contagious, positive attitude and outgoing personality will live in the hearts of many.
She was a volunteer for the Red Cross and the United Way.
800 Block of Lincoln Street, Reading PA
Maria was the owner of Serrano's Professional Services of Reading.
Article dated 8/10/2009
Man charged with murder after Reading woman set aflame in June dies Victim succumbs to injuries suffered June 25, coroner says
A convicted killer from Philadelphia who set his ex-girlfriend on fire in her northwest Reading home in June was charged with first-, second- and third-degree murder. He was paroled in 2008 for a 1994 Philadelphia slaying.
Report dated 8/10/2009
Woman Dies After Being Set on Fire
Report dated 8/14/2009
Burn Victim Remembered By Family, Friends
Report dated 9/15/2009
9/15/2009 Man Accused of Setting Woman on Fire to Appear in Court
Reading Eagle article 10/19/2010
Speaking up for silenced victims
Article dated 4/20/2011
Judge allows victim's statements in murder case
Article dated 7/17/2012
Victim's taped remarks admissible in trial
City woman called 9-1-1 to report man had raped, stabbed and set her on fire
Article dated 8/17/2012
Berks judge declares mistrial in rape-murder case
Not enough potential jurors to complete panel; woman died of burns in August 2009
"Michael Spear, jury supervisor, said 100 potential jurors were called this week for the case. He said the last 14 of the 100 were scheduled to report Thursday morning and he was planning to have an additional 40 people report in the afternoon. We were of the opinion we were going to get a jury this week," Spear said. They were picking jurors."
Article dated 9/19/2013
Verdict is guilty in Reading murder
Convicted in Berks County Court of first-degree murder
He was convicted of stabbing Serrano with a screwdriver, pushing her down the steps of her city home and raping her before dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire.
Article dated 9/18/2013
Man found guilty of first-degree murder in fatal burning of ex-girlfriend
He was convicted of stabbing Serrano with a screwdriver, pushing her down steps and raping her before dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire.