Memorial outside home where Tacoma teen's body dumped

Memorial outside home where Tacoma teen's body dumped

Credit: Chris Daniels, KING5.com

800 block of East 52nd Street in Tacoma

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 5 at 1:44 PM

A makeshift memorial has sprung up at the house where a Tacoma teen was killed last week.

Sentimental graffiti messages of "RIP Hector" and "gone but not forgotten" were spray-painted all over a wall of the East 52nd Street home where police said Hector Hernandez-Valdez, 15, died.

In addition, nearly 100 candles now line the ground around the recycling bins where officers said the suspects, brothers Luis, 16, and Cristobal, 14, Arroyo tried to dump his body.

Police said the boys' mother came home last Friday and found Hernandez-Valdez's body, but when she left to get help, officers said they attempted to dispose of it in an outside receptacle.

Both brothers face first degree murder charges, accused of stabbing Hernandez-Valdez and slitting his throat.

Luis will be charged as an adult in the case and faces additional robbery charges. Pierce County prosecutors have not yet decided whether Cristobal will also be charged as an adult.

A woman who brought her daughter to see the memorial Tuesday described it as challenging to explain to her kids.

Information compiled by KING 5's Chris Daniels and Lindsay Chamberlain

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