Family speaks; vigil honors murdered Sandia High teen

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – More than a hundred people gathered at a vigil Tuesday to remember the life of murdered Sandia High School teen Sean Markey.

Meanwhile, the teen’s family says they’re heartbroken by the loss of the 17-year old, who was shot to death at a Homecoming house party early Sunday morning.

“I’m still in disbelief,” said Cole Markey, Sean’s older brother. “It didn’t really hit me it was really happening until halfway through the conversation with my mom. I just broke down. I still feel like he’s at a friend’s house.”

Albuquerque police say Markey was killed during the shooting on Garcia Street, near Eubank and Montgomery. The department hasn’t released any other details about what happened or if there are any suspects in the case.

Family and friends held a candlelight vigil for Markey Tuesday night at the North Domingo Baca skate park where Markey spent much of his time.

“He was a really good friend, he was the friend that never left by your side,” said Kameron Harris, who skated with Markey for years. “Albuquerque lost a skateboarder, a brother to the whole skateboarding community, someone very important.”

“It’s not OK, we really need to stop gun violence he was just a kid,” said Harris.

Family and friends shared stories about Markey during Tuesday’s vigil. Markey had three brothers and a sister.

“Him and his brothers were very, very, very close, and they stuck to each other and had each other’s backs, he was a good kid,” said Wendy Urioste, who says Sean was her nephew.

Family members are pleading for help in finding Markey’s killer.

“Absolute cowards. I wouldn’t even go so far as to call them people at this point. Just absolute cowards,” Cole Markey said.

A funeral for Sean is expected to be held sometime next week.

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