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IN PHOTOS: A son taken too soon

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Christina Mines (right), the mother of 19-year-old Larnell Bruce, mourns the death of her son Thursday. Bruce was recently run over and murdered outside a Rockwood convenience store by a man with ties to white supremacist prison gangs. A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night at the Rosewood Initiative in Rockwood to celebrate the life of Larnell Bruce, a 19-year-old man murdered after being run over the night of Aug. 10 by a man with alleged white supremacist gang ties driving a Jeep. The vigil was kept strictly non-political, despite being held under the banner of Black Lives Matter, which seeks to reduce the number of deaths of black men and women at the hands of police.

The vigil featured speakers, including Bruce's mother, Christina Mines, who shared their memories of the dead teenager, who died in hospital several days after being struck by a jeep driven by Russell Courtier, 38, of Gresham. Courtier reportedly has extensive gang ties to white supremacist groups based in the Oregon prison system, specifically the so-called European Kindreds.