Vigil held for man fatally shot in northwest Houston home
HOUSTON – Dozens of family members, friends, and loved ones took their shock, pain and anger over the sudden and tragic death of Rafael "Ralfie" Reyes and mixed that with the love and enduring memories that remain.
"It was very important that people got to talk to one another," said the Rev. Troy Treash, senior pastor of Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, "hug one another, share stories about Ralfie so that they can begin healing."
Nearly 200 people gathered at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church on West 11th Street in The Heights to remember Reyes.
Reyes was found shot to death inside his home in Spring Branch Monday morning. Police said Reyes' boyfriend, who took his own life this past Saturday, is suspected in Reyes' death.
Michael Diaz went to high school with Reyes, said he last saw his close friend this past Friday night before his death.
"He was just a joy to be around," Diaz said. "He was never unhappy and he would always lift you up whenever you needed it. He was just all around a good guy."
As they honor his memory -- sharing laughs and tears -- they're also trying to understand why he was taken so tragically.
"There's no sense to it. It's just tragic," Treash said. "But it will change them forever so how do you walk into a world where this is true and you can make a meaningful difference."
Reyes' friend said, "Right now I’m just trying to live in the moment and just be with all the memories we had with Ralfie. It's still fresh and he ain't going away. He's right here."
The family has not yet made funeral arrangements, but family members said all of Reyes’ loved ones are welcome to attend.
To donate toward Reyes' GoFundMe Page, click here.
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