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Vigil for infant boy killed in downtown Los Angeles

July 15, 2011 | 10:45 pm


Dozens of friends, family and supporters held an emotional candlelight vigil for baby Marcello Vasquez, who was killed during Thursday's Downtown Art Walk in Los Angeles when an out-of-control Cadillac jumped the curb and plowed into his stroller.

"We had him for two months and he was the best baby in the world," said Jimmy Vasquez, choking back tears at the vigil. "He had such a bright future ahead of him."

The family from Montebello was touched at the outpouring of support.  Vasquez offered his thanks that "so many strangers and families have come together for a moment like this."

Photos: Tragedy at downtown Art Walk

Lea Vasquez, the baby's paternal grandmother, struggled to make sense of what happened. The  2-month-old boy had just came into their world. Then he was gone.

"When he came into our lives, he brought us great happiness," his grandmother said. "He was just starting to recognize our voices. His big eyes would light up when we walked into the room. I don't understand why he was taken from us."


2-month-old boy struck, gravely injured when car jumps curb

Car kills baby during downtown Art Walk

 Artwalk scene went from revelry to chaos

-- Gina Ferazzi in downtown

Photo: Jimmy and Natasha Vasquez comfort each other at a vigil honoring their 2-month-old son. credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times