Candlelight vigil held for victims of stabbing
Posted at: 10/07/2013 10:55 PM
| Updated at: 10/08/2013 11:43 AM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies say Jerry Chavez Jr. called 911 as his mother was being stabbed by his father.
Friends, family and football teammates of the boy gathered with heavy hearts Monday night at Garfield Park.
YAFL Valley Vikings Football Practice finished, but the pain was still there.
A sense of loss lingered in the crisp fall air.
Because out of all of the jerseys, there’s one Viking missing: Jerry Chavez Jr.
"I love you Jerry,” said one boy. “.. And I don't know what I would do without you man and I love you and I hope you stay strong and I will be praying for you and Isaiah too I love and I want you to stay strong and I want you to get over this..."
The 12-year-old tried to save his mom’s life Saturday night.
He called 911 pleading for help.
But she was gone.
"He would lead our team in prayer every Saturday so our prayers are with him," said YAFL Coach Ron Sandoval.
The prayer vigil took place in the practice field behind Garfield Middle School.
Dozens of people honored Jerry Jr.’s mother, Sandra Ferrales.
"She was just so full of life and I'll always remember that smile she had on her face and how happy she was no matter what," said one woman.
"It's kind of hard without Sandra around now, because I miss her,” said one player. “She was kind of like my second mom too and Sandra will be missed.”
Another woman said Ferrales was a popular employee at a Village Inn restaurant in Albuquerque.
"And it breaks my heart that this happened to her,” she said. “She was ready to move on with her life. Everybody still today goes in and asks for her and she's not around."
This team and this community is finding strength in each other.
The Vikings are dedicating the rest of their season to their friend, his six-year-old brother and their loving mother.
"God bless you Sandra. Rest in peace. And we'll be here for Jerry. Thank you. Amen,” said the crowd lifting up their candles.
Jerry Jr. and Isaiah Chavez are still in CYFD custody.
There will be a fundraiser cookout benefiting the family.
It will be held at Garfield Park on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.