‘Be the bigger person:’ Slain teen's family condemns violence
Dozens of family and friends gathered Monday evening for a candlelight vigil on the Mountain View street where a teenage boy was shot and killed Friday.
People described Raynaldo Khotesouvan, slain on North Bliss Street Friday evening in the second of two unrelated shootings in two hours, as a 15-year-old boy who loved basketball, fishing and his family. His relatives were in pain Monday evening as they came to terms with his loss.
"It's really hard to come over here and lay flowers and light a candle for my little brother where he was laying lifeless,” said Rose Maria Khotesouvan, Raynaldo’s sister. “It hurts."
Raynaldo's parents, comforted by other family members, chose not to speak Monday but thanked people for their support.
According to family members, Raynaldo and his two brothers were taunted by some people on the way to buy a soda at the store. Things escalated when they returned, and that's when the 15-year-old was shot.
Police say murder suspect Luimariamofoa Polu, 16, told them he’d never met Raynaldo but thought he was in a rival gang – a claim his family has fervently denied.
One of the slain teen’s aunts talked to the crowd about her desire to stop the violence.
"Be the bigger person and just walk away," she told those present.
Raynaldo’s loved ones said Monday that he made a big impact during his short life – and that they will miss him and always remember him.
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