Aztec shooting victim remembered in emotional procession
December 15, 2017 05:48 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – In an emotional procession on Friday morning, the Four Corner town of Aztec, as well as surrounding communities, came together to say goodbye to a life cut tragically short last week.
17-year-old Paco Fernandez was a junior at Aztec High School at the time of the deadly shooting – a talented football player as well as someone with a gift for using computers.
Fernandez's family provided the following statement:
“We are extremely thankful and overwhelmed by the love, prayers and support that has been shown by the entire community to our family during this very difficult time. While our son, Paco, has now entered the gates of heaven, the love he had for his family and friends will live on forever. His passion for life was evident in every way – from spending time with family and friends to cheering on his favorite sports teams. His love was transforming – he had a way of making you want to be a better person.
"We continue to feel his love, and it’s comforting to know that he will live forever in our hearts. We appreciate the community’s understanding and respect for our wishes by allowing us our private time to mourn and honor our son."
In honor of Fernandez's love for cars, low-riders from all over New Mexico arrived to partake in the procession. Along the road, residents stood with somber expressions as hundreds of cars trailed his casket back to Aztec.
But as the procession pulled further away from the church where the service was held, it was clear Fernandez would remain close in the memory of his friends and family – a sign of just how strong this small New Mexico town is in the face of tragedy.
Updated: December 15, 2017 05:48 PM
Created: December 15, 2017 05:46 PM
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