PEEKSKILL, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The Thanksgiving holiday weekend brought grief to a Westchester family.
Their only son was stabbed to death. The victim was a high school soccer star.READ MORE: Gabby Petito Search: Video Shows Couple Questioned About Physical Altercation In Utah, Fiancé Told Police Road Trip Created 'Emotional Strain'
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports, the size of Sunday night’s memorial speaks to the immense love and respect many felt for 18-year-old Joaquin Salazar, part of a tight-knit family with roots in Uruguay and Peru.
He was considered like a brother to his cousin Sofia Santucci.
“Cared about everyone. Selfless. He would always put his friends and family first, before anything,” she said.
Saturday night at Charles Point Park in Peekskill, Salazar and two other young men were stabbed after some kind of altercation. The circumstances are unclear. Police have released few details.
Salazar’s injuries proved fatal.READ MORE: Feast Of San Gennaro Returns In Little Italy As Vendors Take COVID Precautions
He was a gifted soccer player at Peekskill High, who just last year was a contender for the Journal News player of the week award.
“Joaquin was a soccer star, upcoming, overall great player, great person, great kid. He had a bright future. This is not right,” said Salazar’s uncle Marcello Santucci.
Salazar’s parents and sister are understandably distraught.
“They live, they work for their kids and for something tragic to happen like this, it’s shocking,” Sofia Santucci said. “He was an influential older brother and a hard working son and losing him is just so tragic.”
Police are asking anyone with information to come forward by calling 914-737-8000.MORE NEWS: Search For Suspects After Man Shot, Another Robbed While Dining Outside Philippe Restaurant On Upper East Side
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