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Impromptu memorial set up at Tacoma house where teen slain

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on June 6, 2012 at 6:45 am with 2 Comments »
June 6, 2012 6:52 am

A memorial of sorts has sprung up outside a home on Tacoma’s East Side where a 15-year-old was brutally slain last week.

Dozens of candles have been placed on the ground and messages have been spray painted on a garage wall at a home in the 800 block of East 52nd Street where Hector Hernandez-Valdez was butchered last Friday.

The memorial sits next to several recycling bins. Brothers Luis and Cristobal Arroyo allegedly tried to dispose of Hernandez-Valdez’s body in a recycling bin after stabbing him multiple times and slitting his throat.

Both youths have been been charged with first-degree murder. Luis, 16, has been charged as an adult. His brother, 14, has been charged as a juvenile.

Luis Arroyo has pleaded not guilty. His brother Monday made an initial appearance in juvenile court.

Police claim the murder might have involved theft of drugs and a small bankroll from the murdered youth.

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  1. rawdibob says:

    We can only Hope and Pray that this MURDER shocks some teens and their parents out of violent behavior.

    Why must we Washingtonians have to hope and pray that some juvenile judge has the sense to turn this case over to an adult court?

  2. AriesTrouble says:

    The mom of the suspects should be commended for turning her sons in! This would be a hard decision for any parent! But, she did the right thing and went to the police station and reported the crime. It is sad that these boys did what they did and tried to clean up the scene before their mom came home for lunch. As horrific as the crime is I believe that psychological tests should be conducted for the 14 year old before deciding if he could be tried as an adult. Many times siblings can create a sense of loyalty towards them in which the younger ones feel they need to do as they are told or follow in their footsteps. I don’t know if this is a single parent family or not; but the mom is working and when she learned of the crime she immediately reported it. I know it is difficult for the family of the young man who was killed; but please remember the mom of the boys who committed the crime did not think twice about reporting it to the authorities! I will pray for both families. It cannot be easy for either one.

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