Family, friends hold candlelight vigil for teen fatally shot in Ogden street

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OGDEN, Utah — Police have identified an 18-year-old male who died after he was found shot several times in an Ogden street early Sunday morning, and Sunday night friends and family gathered at that spot for a candlelight vigil in his honor.

Ogden City police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 7th Street and Harrison Blvd at about 1:18 a.m.

When officers arrived, they found Francisco Lopez laying near the intersection. Police say he had been shot several times.

The 18-year-old was treated on scene by Ogden City Fire Medical personnel and then transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance. He later died of his injuries.

A man who lives in the area said he heard the shooting.

“You just hear shots ring off, and it sounded like it was from my backyard,” Eddie Garcia said. “…I’d say maybe, at least six, seven [shots] maybe. So I look out the window to see what was going on, I seen a car… head north, pulled into a driveway across the street and headed back south like, really fast.”

Police said they aren’t sure at this point if the shooter was in a vehicle or on foot when Lopez was shot.

Garcia said his son is friends with the victim.

“Puts a little bit more caution there on who your kids are hanging out with, for sure,” he said. “Cause, if this had happened last weekend, you know, it could have very well been my kid because he was hanging out with him.”

Ogden Police can not confirm or deny if the shooting was gang related. Lopez's family and friends said he was not in a gang.

"There was speculation that he was in a gang," said Benjamin Lawbailey, a friend of the victim. "I never knew him to be that type, he was always super kind to all sorts of people, he didn't seem like that kind of person to challenge someone."

During the vigil, which was attended by more than 100 people, the word "Justice" was used a lot.

"He's a family person, he works, he graduated, he's done all the right things, and for him to just walk home innocently and for them to shoot him something needs to be done," said Maria Lopez, the teen's sister. "Our family is broken, our brother is gone, our family is here doing a vigil, our family shouldn't be here right now, our brother should be here."

Friends said they will miss Lopez dearly.

"He would be there for anyone and not expect anything in return; he was just a very loyal friend, he would always be there if anyone ever needed anything," said friend Dorian Echols.

Sahara Hainline, another friend, also spoke about Lopez.

"He was just an amazing guy, his smile was amazing and his hugs always made me feel great," she said.

Ogden Police Department Major Crimes Division and the Weber County Homicide Task Force is investigating the case and working to determine a possible motive in the incident.

Police are looking for a blue or dark-colored sedan in the area of shooting during the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Ogden City police at801-629-8221.

42 comments

  • BabyLove

    R.I.P Cisco, You’ll forever be missed. We will never stop looking for the person/people who did this to you! They deserve to be in prison! You were such an amazing person. It was not your turn to go man. )”: I’ll see you soon! My prayers go out to you and your family.

  • T

    Wow such rude comments. Rest in peace and condolences to his family and friends. This is horrible and you should be able at 18 to be ok to walk home. So sad. Hope whoever did this is found and prosecuted. I love Ogden and have faith in our police dept to bring justice for this young man and his family and friends.

  • liv

    My brother Cody and I would truly know if he was in a gang…
    But really Why him … He was just walking home after the fight.

  • liv

    Our family would truly know if our cousin was in a “GANG” people t say he was… Because he got shot means he could be in a gang ??anybody can get shot … Bc people these days are crazy …. Maybe you should keep that stuff to your self if u don’t know its true.

  • WTF!

    i personally didn’t know francisco lopez but i am pretty sure we went to the same high school. and i will always have respect for the dead. this is isn’t a matter of time, location or curfew. there is bad people at any day, anytime and any where. this is a matter of people thinking that murder is the answer to everything. i feel bad for people who are so heartless and hatred towards other people. no one knows what happend that night. gang? the mayweather fight bet? or just some type of a beef between them. some people think that he was in the gang and then when he left they killed him, that could be right too. but at this point it’s just ” could be, probably and maybes” no one knows what really happened. but sooner or later the truth ALWAYS comes out. and when the truth comes out ustice will be served and at time it wouldn’t matter if he was in the ganged, or out in the streets at night without curfew or that he was in the ghetto. MURDER IS MURDER

  • Maverick

    Why he went go outside around 1am? Someone has beef with him or what?.. i guess we don’t know what go on sorry your loss …. someone got point about thug or something but 1am?

    • liv

      Did u not listen it was after the fight on tv… All he wanted to do is go home … Ur so disrespectful. That’s my cuz bro

  • Stephen

    Bob and Anotherbob don’t know what life is like outside their tiny insignificant lives. Their only purpose is to spew hate and upset other people. He/She/They are exactly what is wrong in this world. Ignore their hate and let love in. My heart goes out to the family and friends who lost their loved one.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Justice says “hopefully you get got punks”. That sounds like the kind of attitude I’d expect from young toughs running around in the middle of the night looking for trouble.

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