It's been exactly five years since the murder a Rockford ice cream vendor. His family continues to mourn their loss by honoring his life.
The man who shot Isidro Duran to death in July of 2007 is now facing 70 years in prison. But, Duran's family is dealing with their own life sentence, one of pain, loss, and fear.
"We're still scared that at any moment, something similar could happen to us or to one of our family members." -says Isidro Duran's daughter Maria.
Family, friends, and supporters filled every pew at the St. Peter and Paul church, in Rockford, for Duran's five year memorial. His life was taken after running from three young men who robbed his ice cream cart on Loomis Street. One of the men shot him several times in the back, killing him. The shooter's sentence has been handed down, and Maria feels that justice was served.
"I feel like they did what they could to give him the maximum sentence. I do believe we're fine with that decision." -says Maria.
As an ice cream vendor, Duran's job brought happiness to different neighborhoods around Rockford. In remembrance of his life, and his work, ice cream treats were given out at the end of today's service. Maria and her family will not stay in Rockford, but she hopes they can return each year for his memorials.
"We are always going to remember my father. If God permits, next year, we will also continue to do his church services."
LULAC President Mary Lou Castro helped with translating. She says Hispanic vendors are very easy targets for violence. Because they keep being bothered, she's speaking at the Rockford City Council meeting tomorrow night, and asking for outside help, possibly on the federal level.
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