Family of Providence murder victim calls for justice

Family and friends of murder victim Francis Rodriguez hold a candlelight vigil in his honor.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The family of a man murdered in Providence last month held a candlelight vigil in his honor Monday night, calling for peace on the streets.

Francis Rodriguez, 22, was gunned down while sitting in a car near the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Warrington Street back on May 2, and his killer remains at large.

His mother, Lourdes Aybar, said when she lost her son, she lost part of her soul.

“I’ve been having a lot of depression. It’s been very terrible for me, and for my other children too. We don’t know what to do,” she said.

Rodriguez’s family and friends came together to honor his memory and to bring awareness to all the violent crimes they say are destroying families and communities.

“It’s a void. I have seven siblings and we still say there’s seven siblings,” said the victim’s sister, Alicia Rodriguez. “It’s a void that can’t be filled, it doesn’t matter how many brothers and sisters I have. We’re all different. Francis came with his own uniqueness and it’s not there.”

The family said they intend to hold a vigil on the second of every month until the shooter is brought to justice.

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