Skip to comments.Catholic Worker House steps up to help Spanish-speaking teen killed outside its doors
Posted on 06/02/2014 1:17:00 PM PDT by Welchie25
A memorial of candles, daisies and a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe clustered around a black-and-white photo of 16-year-old Oscar Torres, who was shot and killed on the spot May 26.
Days later, his blood still stained the ground.
The memorial was steps away from Viva House, a Catholic Worker House and soup kitchen. Its founders, Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham, didnt know Torres or his family, but have reached out to his parents and brother who live nearby.
Viva House also made a donation to his parents to help them transport his body to his native Mexico, where they would like him to be buried. Other donations are being solicited under Funeral Expenses for Oscar Torres at gofundme.com with a goal of $2,500.
Walsh and Bickham, both 71, also visited the Torres family and held a vigil with neighbors before their soup kitchens noon meal May 28. The Torres family held another vigil that evening.
The most moving moment, Bickham said, was when Francisco Torres, Oscars father, poured water on the blood stain, trying to wash it away.
Bickham said the family, who is Catholic, has a shrine in their living room with photos of their son as a baby and teenager, with candles and rosaries. Torres was an aspiring artist who had dropped out of Patterson Park High School so he could work to help his family, according to multiple reports.
He was killed in the early morning, and the suspect stole the car in which he was riding. Another victim was also shot, but his name and condition have not been made public. The perpetrator had yet to be found May 30, but is suspected in causing a car crash with the stolen car in East Baltimore May 27 that killed 12-year-old Shanizya Taft.
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What a poorly-written headline. I daresay the deceased teen is beyond earthly help.
Burying him in Mexico...
Worst headline of the hour.
It only rivals the one earlier regarding the Boy Scouts.
Dare I say a day late and a dllar short?
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Kind of late to help someone who is already dead, but you can help those left behind
Blog-pimping is so unbecoming.
I don’t think Catholic Review is a blog...
I realize that it is not actually a blog, but I posted that because I find this poster’s pattern irritating. She posts only links to the “Catholic Review” articles and never even responds to any comments. Her purpose seems to be simply to increase hits for that site. Not positive, but it seems that the author of each piece is the same and is, I suspect, the poster.