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Judith Lopez, right, mother of Chris Lopez, at Sunday’s “100 Mothers” vigil in north Salinas for victims of Monterey County violence. Lopez was shot and killed in 2011 on his way to work at nearby FoodMaxx.
Judith Lopez, right, mother of Chris Lopez, at Sunday’s “100 Mothers” vigil in north Salinas for victims of Monterey County violence.
The vigil was held near the corner of Van Buren Avenue and Jackson Street on north Salinas, on the spot where in 2011, 22 year-old Lopez was gunned down on his way to work at nearby FoodMaxx.
Following Saturday night’s fatal shooting, the fifth in Salinas this year, the ceremony
under brooding gray skies on Sunday was a sobering reminder of the continuing pain of local families, holding white candles to remember loved ones lost.
According to Debbie Aguilar, whose group “A Time for Grieving and Healing” organized the event, Lopez’ mother Judith wanted the vigil to take place on February 8th, her birthday.
Family friend Christina Varela, who later stood next to Judith Lopez during prayers, said “There is not a mother here who would not have taken their son’s place.”
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