Anniversary of East L.A. Killing Honored by Family at Memorial March

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One year after a college student was gunned down in East Los Angeles, his family held a memorial march and demanded someone identify his killer.


One year after Gabriel Soto was shot and killed in East L.A., family held a memorial march on March 25, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Gabriel Soto was visiting friends when he was shot and killed on March 25, 2013, in the 600 Block of South McDonnell Avenue (map). Although Soto was not a gang member, investigators believe he may have been shot by one.

“It’s going to weigh heavy on someone’s conscious because this was a family, this was a community that was destroyed by losing him,” his older sister Vanessa Cornejo said Sunday. “He could have done great things and no one will ever get to know what he could have accomplished because his life was taken away.”

The marchers traveled from Garfield High School, where Soto graduated in 2009, to the crime scene then the sheriff’s station.

“He really held our family together. He was our glue, he was our rock,” sister Isabelle Avila said during the march.

Kimberly Cheng reports from East Los Angeles for the KTLA 5 news at 6 on Sunday, May 25, 2014.