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Portland Oregon: Lower Flags To Honor Dead Gangbanger
The Oregonian ^ | 11-21-11 | Kate Mather

Posted on 11/21/2011 10:39:13 PM PST by Veggie Todd

The Rev. Miriam Méndez admitted to the crowd of about 50 gathered Monday at the East Portland Community Center that Julio Cesar Marquez's life was short.

But his 13 years were influential, she said: "We know he has touched many."

Mendez spoke at an anti-violence vigil honoring the teen, whose body was found two weeks ago in a Northeast Portland alley. He died of blunt-force trauma and gunshot wounds, becoming the city's youngest gang-involved homicide victim in at least a decade.

Marquez's family, friends and other community members braved a cold rain to remember the eighth-grader, who liked to dance and skateboard at the community center.

Marquez had several arrests for theft and assault and was on juvenile probation at the time of his death. But his teachers at the Rosi Hinton alternative program in the David Douglas School District described him as a "model student" and said he was polite, well-liked and good at math.

Speakers including Marquez's brother and City Commissioner Nick Fish addressed the crowd during the 45-minute memorial and urged the community to protect other teens from his fate.

More The Oregonian’s continuing coverage of the death of 13-year-old Julio Cesar Marquez in Northeast Portland. Marquez's father echoed those sentiments after the vigil. Julio Cesar Marquez Sr. said he appreciated the support he saw Monday, but he worried about other children in a city he said has changed and become more dangerous.

"We have to stop this," he said.

Schoolmates huddled near a refreshment table after the vigil, each wearing a light blue button with the teen's picture. "In loving memory of Julio Cesar Marquez," they read.

"He was a really good friend of ours," said 13-year-old Alexis Simmons. "We all really miss him."

"I'm here because I love him and miss him," said Chelce Pfaff, 14.

-- Kate Mather


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: gangs; oregon; portland
This article doesn't report that flags will be lowered to honor this hood, but they mentioned it on the local tv news story. I've already e-mailed the mayor to express my outrage!
1 posted on 11/21/2011 10:39:16 PM PST by Veggie Todd
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To: Veggie Todd

say what?


2 posted on 11/21/2011 10:44:04 PM PST by RitchieAprile (Precious little in your life is yours by right and won without a fight..)
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To: Veggie Todd
My flag will not be lowered to honor this punk and anybody having a problem with that are invited to file a complaint with my inhouse complaint department...ME!
3 posted on 11/21/2011 10:46:46 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: Veggie Todd

I’m certain this gangbanger punk contributed lots to society. *sarc*


4 posted on 11/21/2011 10:51:37 PM PST by Kevin in California
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To: Veggie Todd

Here’s the story. Notice that it says:

“He did mix himself up with the wrong crowd,” Baxter said

http://www.kptv.com/story/16097853/vigil-honors-slain-teenager


5 posted on 11/21/2011 10:58:20 PM PST by Kevin in California
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To: Veggie Todd
 
http://media.oregonlive.com/portland_impact/photo/10281549-small.jpg
MSM pic. Looks like he's 9 y/o. Oh so innocent. Are you freepers crying yet?
(Insert word "tragedy")
 
 
 
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This is what the thug maggot was really like..doing his gang signs.
 
Good riddance, you filthy criminal terrorist.
 
 

6 posted on 11/21/2011 11:02:41 PM PST by wolficatZ (Somebody once wrote "Revenge is a dish that has to be eaten cold".)
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To: Veggie Todd
Julio Cesar Marquez Sr. said he appreciated the support he saw Monday, but he worried about other children in a city he said has changed and become more dangerous.

Um, right. It has changed because of people like you that can't control their 13yo sons and keep them from joining gangs.

7 posted on 11/21/2011 11:04:34 PM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: Veggie Todd

For context sake, the city of Portland lowers its flags for every child who dies a violent death in the city.


8 posted on 11/21/2011 11:07:21 PM PST by mockingbyrd
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To: Veggie Todd

I look forward to hearing Michael Berry expound on this tomorrow when he does his “Portlandia” report.

The demise of this punk just doesn’t manage to tug at my heartstrings somehow.

Lowering our flag for vermin like this is an insult to true Americans.


9 posted on 11/21/2011 11:07:26 PM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: wolficatZ

He could have grown up good if he didn’t have so many dirtbag gangbangers to emulate. Our culture is polluted by the music and imagery of these morons. Half the NBA are hoodlums or cultivate a rap star hoodlum image


10 posted on 11/21/2011 11:11:02 PM PST by dennisw (I heard the old man laughing What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having-Sting)
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To: wolficatZ

Looks like cerebral palsy.


11 posted on 11/21/2011 11:20:26 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Veggie Todd

I didn’t bother reading this tripe closely...
Was the punk “an aspiring rap artist”?
Or “an aspiring graphic designer”?


12 posted on 11/21/2011 11:28:39 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: mockingbyrd

That’s a very pertinent point to have been left out. Thank you for making that known.


13 posted on 11/21/2011 11:34:01 PM PST by Melas (u)
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To: Veggie Todd

“Marquez had several arrests for theft and assault and was on juvenile probation at the time of his death. But his teachers at the Rosi Hinton alternative program in the David Douglas School District described him as a “model student” and said he was polite, well-liked and good at math.”

All that tells me is the kid was smart enough to work the system. I can remember a couple of the “teacher’s pets” back in 8th grade. One of them was among the worst human beings I’ve ever met, even to this day. But he knew how to suck up to the teachers and they all thought he was just peachy.


14 posted on 11/21/2011 11:50:36 PM PST by DemforBush (Send lawyers, guns, and money. Dad get me out of this!)
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To: mockingbyrd

That’s an important point. Thank you for sharing!


15 posted on 11/21/2011 11:51:42 PM PST by DemforBush (Send lawyers, guns, and money. Dad get me out of this!)
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To: DemforBush
I can remember a couple of the “teacher’s pets” back in 8th grade. One of them was among the worst human beings I’ve ever met, even to this day. But he knew how to suck up to the teachers and they all thought he was just peachy.

Ugh...and you just know that he's doing the same thing with his boss(es) now, much to the misery of his co-workers.

I know the type very well.

16 posted on 11/21/2011 11:53:19 PM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Veggie Todd
But his teachers at the Rosi Hinton alternative program in the David Douglas School District described him as a "model student" and said he was polite, well-liked and good at math.

But he was also very talented with a Filipino butterfly knife or a nine. He was a real Renaissance kid!

17 posted on 11/22/2011 1:08:49 AM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Veggie Todd
So, he was good at math, eh?

That may be but, evidently, he wasn't very good at putting two and two together.

It's kind of hard to succeed in life when you've already got a rap sheet as long as your arm when you're 13 years old.

And, as far as the father lamenting that "we have to stop this", I would say, yo, vato, where were you? Why didn't you tan this kid's hide after his first arrest? What was he doing in a gang in the first place? How many other kids do you have by how many other women who are out there prowling the streets?

18 posted on 11/22/2011 1:55:41 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: wolficatZ
I'm sure all the good kids wear ankle bracelets to monitor their movements.
19 posted on 11/22/2011 2:53:48 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: VeniVidiVici

You have rabies if you believe you can control your 13 y/o.

You actually want to go there?


20 posted on 11/22/2011 3:03:05 AM PST by raygun (http://bastiat.org/en/the_law DOT html)
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To: SeaHawkFan

When’s the last time you kept track of 13 y/o?


21 posted on 11/22/2011 3:05:12 AM PST by raygun (http://bastiat.org/en/the_law DOT html)
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To: Veggie Todd

.... she said: “We know he has touched many.....
Marquez had several arrests for.... assault.....Seems he has touched somebody.


22 posted on 11/22/2011 3:34:54 AM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: wolficatZ

As gangbangers get older and get arthritis in their hands , how will they make their gang signs?


23 posted on 11/22/2011 4:46:32 AM PST by Venturer
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To: dennisw

Hey: Hey: Lighten up on the NBA, they are going to have a Basketball game for Obama’s re-election.


24 posted on 11/22/2011 4:47:40 AM PST by Venturer
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To: raygun

You do not “control” a 13 y/o. You care for a 6 m/o, a 1 y/o, a 2 y/o, and so on. By the time you reach 13 you should have a fairly civilized human being in spite of the subversive culture.


25 posted on 11/22/2011 4:56:10 AM PST by Vehmgericht
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To: Veggie Todd

As far as I am concerned this is just another gang member who has been improved...gang bangers have no right to life in my society.


26 posted on 11/22/2011 4:58:58 AM PST by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: crazyhorse691

27 posted on 11/22/2011 5:02:53 AM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: Kevin in California

Yep.

You can get an idea of how many people he “touched” by his juvie record.

Of course, that is sealed.


28 posted on 11/22/2011 5:22:00 AM PST by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture....all should be preserved)
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To: raygun
You have rabies if you believe you can control your 13 y/o.

You actually want to go there?

Sure. Both my boys made it past 13 with flying colors. The oldest finished a 6-year tour in the Air Force and the youngest just got out after 4. Both are now going to school on the GI Bill.

Granted, many 13yo kids are unruly. However, I believe a lot of that can be laid at the feet of the environment or the parents. In this case, both.

29 posted on 11/22/2011 8:59:05 AM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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