Memorial for Aztec High victim scheduled for Sunday morning
December 16, 2017 10:30 PM
AZTEC, N.M. – On Friday, the town of Aztec and surrounding Four Corners communities said goodbye to 17-year-old Paco Fernandez, who died in last week's shooting tragedy at Aztec High School.
On Saturday morning hundreds are expected to turn out to do the same for 17-year-old Casey Marquez, the other victim, as the tight-knit community continues to mourn.
"Aztec is not your ordinary town. Everybody knows everybody," said Susan Aguirre, who owns Lil Aztec Flower Shop. "We know our police officers, our commissioners. It's not a city, it's not a town of strangers. So it's very special."
It's clear the pain affects not just the town of Aztec, but also those surrounding it. The residents will have the chance to support each other once again, and is invited to bring black and orange balloons and signs bearing the mantra that has helped them stand with their heads high – "Aztec Strong."
"(It's) the story of love and support that's going to continue," said Aztec High cheer coach Debbie Johnson. "These kids are our children. We love them, and we protect them and we take care of them."
The funeral service for Marquez, herself a cheerleader at Aztec High School, is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall.
The public is welcome to line the side of the road for after the reception. At about 2:30 p.m., the family vehicle will eave the college by traveling north on Education Drive, then turning right onto Pinon Hills Boulevard. They will travel to East Main Street in Farmington, take a left onto East Main then continue to Aztec on Highway 550.
Updated: December 16, 2017 10:30 PM
Created: December 16, 2017 08:48 PM
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