Vigil held for South Bend shooting victims

As two men sit in the St. Joseph County Jail on suspicion of robbery and murder, friends and family of the victims came together to pray for them.

19-year-old Alejandro Tinoco died after being shot in the head Wednesday night when a gunman forced his way into a home at 1101 N. Adams Street.

His girlfriend, 19-year-old Jazmin Conlee, is still in critical condition after being shot and isn’t expected to survive.

21-year-old Jermon Gavin and 26-year-old Charles Moore - both of South Bend - are currently in the St. Joseph County Jail. They were arrested Saturday.

Sunday night, dozens of Conlee and Tinoco’s family and friends shared memories of the couple during a candlelight vigil down the street.

“Alex was just like that spark,” said Tinoco’s friend Erika Madera. “He would make you laugh no matter what.”

And Tinoco made lots of people laugh; several people told stories at the vigil of how he brightened their lives when they were feeling down. For many family members and friends, he was a pillar of strength.

“He was like a role model,” said Tinoco’s cousin Ivan Soto. “He was almost like a dad.”

Soto says he never thought something bad would happen to the cousin he looked up to. Tinoco was pursuing his dream of becoming a tattoo artist and had his own house. He moved in down close to his parents to help keep an eye on them.

“He just wanted everyone to be happy and his family to be safe,” said his cousin Monica Calderon.

As they shed tears of sadness for Tinoco, people lifted up prayers of hope for Conlee’s recovery.

“I can’t wish for him to come back, but I can wish for Jazmin to pull through,” said Tinoco’s cousin Krystal Rangel. “He’s going to make a miracle for her.”

Tinoco’s visitation is Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Joseph Funeral Home on South Mayflower Road, where a rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m.

The funeral is 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Aldabert Catholic Church on Olive Street, with a burial at St. Joseph Cemetery to follow.

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