The Pareja Acevedo family say that the image first appeared last Friday, in a dirt stain where they had previously kept their television against the wall. One member of the family, Rubiela Pareja Acevedo, had reportedly died of a dengue-induced hemorrhage earlier that same day.
Neighbors and friends are flocking to the apartment, located in a northwestern Medellin suburb, bearing prayers and rosaries.
“We feel great tranquility to see her on the wall,” said Norma Elena Pareja, the family’s 20-year-old daughter. “We feel sadness too, but not the void of those who have left us behind.”