Friends, family gather to remember tattoo artist slain over holiday weekend
Jorge Rea-Villa was shot multiple times and killed on the Fourth of July. Tuesday evening, dozens of Rea-Villa’s family members and close friends gathered at a family home in Spenard to mourn his loss.
Rea-Villa’s father, Jorge Rea, said his son was a talented tattoo artist, and several friends at the home Tuesday evening showed off tattoos Rea-Villa did for them. Rea said his son’s craft brought him popularity, and that his art is bringing his family some peace, knowing what he gave to this world will live on with the many people he touched.
“They’re gonna be with my son forever,” Rea said.
Rea said funeral arrangements haven’t been finalized yet, but he expects attendance to be around 1,000 people.
Rea was at the arraignment of his son’s alleged killer, 32-year-old Trayvon Morrissette, earlier in the day. He urged the judge to give Morrissette a high bail, not because he hated him, he said, but because he wanted him to pay for his crime.
“We are tired of so many, so many crimes in our town,” Rea said. “We need more peace in this society.”
Morrissette’s bail was set at $500,000 under charges of first-degree murder and burglary.
KTVA 11’s Daniella Rivera and Lauren Maxwell contributed to this report.
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