Family of Utah Soccer Referee Who Died Holds Vigil

12:10 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The family of a Salt Lake City soccer referee who died after a teenage player punched him held a vigil Sunday.

Nearly 100 family and friends gathered at a candlelight vigil Sunday night on the front lawn of Portillo's Salt Lake City home. Wearing white shirts and holding signs that read, "In loving memory of Ricky," family and friends stood around a table that had a picture of Portillo raising his arms in victory, with flowers and candles surrounding it.

Ricardo Portillo's 26-year-old daughter, Johana says she hopes to forgive the young man who did it - but not yet.

Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching the 46 old after he called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card.

The suspect is in custody.

 

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