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.