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Vigil held for east side shooting victim

TUCSON – A balloon release and candle lighting vigil was held for a man that died during an east side shooting.

Family and friends honored the life of Vashaun Baker on Wednesday, October 10th.

They gathered outside the Christ Church United Methodist at around 8:30 p.m., the same time police were dispatched to the shooting scene.

His mother said he loved bright lights and dancing and that’s how they planned to honor him.

“My son was a good man,” said Elisa Baker, Vashaun’s mother. “He had nothing bad in his hear. He was good, he was calm. He was good. He didn’t deserve anything like this. He was well mannered. He loved. We loved.”

Baker was playing basketball at the church on Monday, October 8th when he got into an altercation with an 18-year-old.

Investigators say the teenager ran home and told his father Paul Alvarez. That is when Alvarez went to the basketball court.

Tucson Police say Alvarez shot Baker multiple times. Baker was taken to the hospital where he died.

One of the stray bullets hit the hood of a car in the parking lot. In that car, investigators say was a mother and her 18-month-old child. Neither was injured.

Alvarez turned himself in. He faces murder and endangerment charges.

Mark Schnackenberg

Mark Schnackenberg

Chief Meteorologist
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