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Loved Ones Remember Homicide Victim

Jesse Lopez would have celebrated his 15th birthday this weekend.

Slain Watsonville High freshman Jesse Lopez would have turned 15 this weekend.

Jesse was fatally shot on Dec. 10 in a gravel turnout on Hecker Pass. Five alleged gang members have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the shooting, which also injured one of Jesse's friends, a 14-year-old Watsonville boy.

This weekend, some of Jesse's loved ones went to the spot on Highway 152 where the young man was shot to mark his life.

"I didn't know Jesse or his family personally, but he and my son are friends," Monica Ramirez wrote to Watsonville Patch on Sunday morning, when she sent a photo of Jesse's grave decorated with flowers, balloons and candles. "My heart goes out to his family and friends—especially his mother. I pray that she feel Jesses presence and he give her strength."

The men accused in the shooting, all from the Watsonville area, will be back in court Feb. 17. David Moreno Sanchez, 19, Alejandro Alexis Rodriguez, 18, Juan Soto Gonzalez, 22, Uriel Ortiz, 18, and Carlos Valencia, 20, all have pleaded not guilty to charges.

To read all of Patch's coverage of Jesse's death and the pending court case, go here.

Mona Ramirez January 30, 2012 at 11:57 PM
No mother should ever feel the pain of loosing their child. I pray for her every day. My heart aches for her. I have never felt this way for someone that I didn't know. Jesse is one of Gods Angels now, watching over all of us, with a beautiful smile as he feels the love we send his way. Please pray for Mrs. Lopez. Pray God hold her close to his heart and touches her with the strength she needs to be able to make it another day. God Bless
Mona Ramirez February 22, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Lopez friends and family- My heart feels your pain. I continue to pray for you all daily. Mrs. Lopez holds a special place in my heart. God Bless you all!

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