Skip to comments.Portland Oregon: Lower Flags To Honor Dead Gangbanger
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 Oregonians 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
I’m certain this gangbanger punk contributed lots to society. *sarc*
Here’s the story. Notice that it says:
“He did mix himself up with the wrong crowd,” Baxter said
Um, right. It has changed because of people like you that can't control their 13yo sons and keep them from joining gangs.
For context sake, the city of Portland lowers its flags for every child who dies a violent death in the city.
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.
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
Looks like cerebral palsy.
I didn’t bother reading this tripe closely...
Was the punk “an aspiring rap artist”?
Or “an aspiring graphic designer”?
That’s a very pertinent point to have been left out. Thank you for making that known.
“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.
That’s an important point. Thank you for sharing!
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.
But he was also very talented with a Filipino butterfly knife or a nine. He was a real Renaissance kid!
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?
You have rabies if you believe you can control your 13 y/o.
You actually want to go there?