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Vigil Is Set for Jose Sanchez Today

A White Vigil is scheduled today at 12:15 in memory of Jose Sanchez, the 31-year-old who died after being attacked last week. Sanchez lay on the ground in Columbia Heights for 20 minutes with his injuries before help was called.

Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward1), who represents the area and is helping to lead the vigil, noted in a news release that "White Vigils are often held in Latin American countries as a call for peace after senseless violence or to raise awareness of social issues plaguing a community."

The vigil is outside Pan-Am Grocery Store in the 3500 block of 14 th Street NW.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is among the invited officials. Clergy, community activists and police officials have also been invited.

By Marcia Davis  |  February 6, 2009; 7:03 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council  
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Unfortunately, most of the people who stepped over and around this guy, lived in teh neighborhood and feared retaliation if the helped or id the perps. Unless I was armed, I would probably done the same thing.

Posted by: demtse | February 6, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

This is unbelievable! All the phony, sensitive types, some who probably walked right past the guy while he was laying in street dying, want to emote now. How cathartic. And, of course, precious. You can all meet for drinks after the vigil, and emote while getting maudlin on alcohol.
DC is becoming unbearable.

Posted by: Trout1 | February 6, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

This is crazy if you were scare of retaliation you should have gone back in side the store and then called police and told theme what happened with out anyone else seeing you. The fact that people who live in the neighborhood just walk passed and around him and now you gonna come out and talk and say maybe I should have done that, That’s BS be cause act right there and then not when some one is dead., then think if only I would have done some about it he might still be a live. No matter what races you are we are all human beings and we should all look out for each other. All it would have taking to save this men was maybe a one minute phone call give the address and a brief description of what happened and that’s that and maybe just maybe that father, husband ,brother friend ect. Would still be alive if those people who walked by and around him would have just a bit of a heart.

Posted by: MsMarisol | February 6, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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