ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Friends and family gathered to remember the life of a 14-year-old gunned down Friday night.
Martin Recio’s family held a candlelight vigil Sunday night.
His sister says she can’t believe she won’t get to see his smiling face anymore after Martin was killed during a shooting at an Albuquerque Dion’s near Gibson and University.
“I was in so much shock, I was just at a loss for words. There was nothing I could say or do anything, it was too late,” said Sabrina Torres.
The Albuquerque Police Department says the shooting does not appear to be random, which is something Torres and her family can’t understand.
“He was with his friends and they were eating at Dion’s and you know hanging out, and I don’t know, I don’t know what happened,” said Torres.
She says his life was cut way too short.
“I would always go to his room and we would hang out and talk..and just, I would tell him stuff that I wouldn’t tell anybody,” she said.
Amanda Recio, Martin’s mom, says she’s not surprised by the huge turnout.
“He would be so happy and just full of joy and of course his favorite word, ‘serio'” said Amanda Recio.
As Martin’s family now plans his funeral, Torres says moving forward is going to be difficult.
“Just going to my mom’s and not seeing him there, for me to go and talk to him, hug him, give him love and show him how much I’m there for him…just not being able to do that it’s killing me,” said Torres.
Two other people were also shot during the incident Friday night, but police have not released their names and ages.
One of them — another young man — was at the vigil Sunday night. He did not want to speak with KRQE News 13, however.
Martin’s funeral will be held Tuesday.
The family has also set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the funeral expenses.