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Candlelight Vigil Mourns Death and Inspires Hope In Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. - The glow of candles lit the skies in Salisbury Monday night at an emotional candle light vigil where not only did family and friends mourn the death of a fallen husband and father, but a community joined together to condemn violence in Salisbury, with 1 resounding message: Unity.

Amidst the crowd of hundreds, Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan said to the group "If this tragedy could stand for one thing, I hope it could stand for an example of unity."

The vigil also included members of the Latino community, Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton, Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollit, as well as clergy from a number of local churches.

Kevin Andrade, CEO of Latino radio station Maxima 106.1 was one of the organizers of the event.  While the majority of those in attendance were from the Latino community, Andrade stressed "It's not just for Latinos it's for everybody.  We stand up for everybody in this community."

Aguilera and a teen were gunned down on October 28th during an armed robbery in front of his Margaret Street home.  The husband and father was pronounced dead on the scene while the 16-year-old is still in the hospital.

Speaking in Spanish, muddled by her sobs, Aguilera's sister spoke tearfully on behalf of the family and his wife, who she says is pregnant with their second child.

For Chief Duncan, the vigil was also a chance to remind the community that police are on their side, saying "if you are in fact a victim of a crime, we need you to report it."

But still, the message of stopping the violence before it needs to be reported rang out over those in attendance.

Jacqueline Lisjaun, President of Rayo De Luz, an advocacy group for Latinos throughout the Eastern Shore summed it the night by saying

"We decided you know its time for us to come together as a community and say enough with the violence.  Salisbury is a great place to live, Salisbury is a safe place to live and we can no longer do this...accept this anymore."

While 4 men have been taken into custody regarding this crime, Chief Duncan reminded the group this is still an ongoing investigation and asks anyone with information to call Salisbury Police.  There's also a $2,000 reward for anyone whose tip leads to an arrest and successful conviction.

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