It marks three years since 13-year-old Alex Torres was shot and killed when he opened the door of his home at Treyway Apartments. On Saturday afternoon, his family held a memorial and balloon release to remember him.
Yolanda Quiroz, Alex’s grandmother, said every year the family gets together at Memory Gardens Cemetery to honor their loved one. Today, was the three-year anniversary since Alex passed.
“My son was the greatest, not because he was just my son, but he was just a good, loving boy,” Quiroz said.
Alex would have been 16 years old this year, and would have graduated high school next year. But his life was taken suddenly on January 13, 2015.
Donaldo Gutierrez, Alex’s grandfather, says as time goes on, it doesn’t get any easier.
“It hurts, having to come here every year,” Gutierrez said. “And then we just come, to be with him,” Quiroz added.
The family released balloons in remembrance of Alex. His grandparents say he was one of the sweetest kids you’d ever meet. They added he was funny, and respectful.
“Our house used to be full of joy, a lot of joy when he was around,” Gutierrez said.
In 2016, investigators charged two people with killing Alex Torres. David Davila, was the man who fired the shots, and Christina Trevino, drove the getaway car.
Davila’s shots were actually meant as retaliation for his ex-girlfriend, who lived next door to Alex. Instead, Davila took the life of an innocent 13-year-old.
“I don’t wish this on anybody,” Quiroz said. “I just miss him so much.”
Alex’s family said they do not want what happened to Alex, to happen to anyone else. They say if children are in the home, advise them to never open the door for strangers.