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Candlelight vigil honors young shooting victim

UPDATE • Family and friends gather at community center
by: Christopher Onstott James Marquez (right) honors the life of his brother Julio Cesar Marquez, whose body was found by two boys on their way to school Nov. 6, during a candlelight vigil Monday at the East Portland Community Center.

Family members of a 13-year-old boy shot to death early this month joined others during a candlelight vigil Monday afternoon organized by Portland's Latino Network.

The vigil at Portland Parks and Recreation's East Portland Community Center honored the life of Julio Cesar Marquez, whose body was found by two boys on their way to school at about 7:30 a.m. Nov. 6.

Police said Marquez was shot to death. His body also showed evidence of blunt force trauma.

Marquez liked to skate at the community center, just a few blocks from his home. He was an eighth-grader at Rosie Hinton School, where he was well thought of by teachers and students and excelled in mathematics.

His family gave brief remarks during the ceremony, which included City Parks Commissioner Nick Fish and concerned community leaders.

During a Nov. 10 press conference, Mayor Sam Adams made a special plea for the public to help catch the people responsible for Marquez's death.

The Latino Network has created a community response fund to provide financial support to victims of violence and their families. Donations to the fund can be made to Latino Network.