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Family, friends mourn late candidate for Bell City Council [Video]

March 7, 2011 |  8:52 am

Friends and relatives were mourning Monday for Miguel Alejandro Sanchez, a longtime Bell resident who protested the inflated salaries of local officials and was campaigning for a seat on the City Council.

He died suddenly Friday, just days before the election, after contracting the H1N1 virus. He was 34.

Sanchez was running in Bell's general and special recall election Tuesday and hoped to succeed former Councilman Luis Artiga, who resigned last fall amid charges that he and seven other city officials had misappropriated public funds.

Read more about Sanchez's life and death.

-- Ruben Vives