Friends Mourn, Remember Life of Murdered Memphis Student

Friends Mourn, Remember Life of Murdered Memphis Student

19-year-old Aaron Vasquez was murdered early Saturday morning behind El Toro Loco Mexican Restaurant off Kirby. He was taking out the trash when someone came up and stabbed him.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A Memphis teen is being remembered as a goof ball, kind-hearted and crazy about music.

19-year-old Aaron Vasquez was murdered early Saturday morning behind El Toro Loco Mexican restaurant off Kirby. He was taking out the trash when someone came up and stabbed him.

Friends say he was one week from quitting his job at the restaurant.

Vasquez graduated from St. Benedict at Auburndale High School two years ago. He was going to college at the University of Memphis, but stayed close with his friends from St. Benedict. Now they're comforting each other as they mourn the loss of their friend.

"For me it was like losing a big brother," says Katelyn Turner.

"I'm just thinking of it as he just moved away and he's not going to come back," adds Dean van Frank.

Aaron Vasqez was one of Turner and van Frank's closest friends.

"We were a family. We really were," Turner says. "He taught me how to play guitar when I was 11," says van Frank.

The St. Benedict high-schoolers were in a band with Vasquez. "Taller Than Giants," says Turner. "Music was just his thing. He was so good at it."

And music played a huge part in their friendship. "He was the bulk of our band. He was the everything we did," Turner tells abc24.com.

"We didn't get to see him that much in the past five months because he was working so much," van Frank says. One of Vasquez's jobs was at El Toro Loco off Kirby.

"He was paying for college and his house," says van Frank. "I was supposed to go eat there where he worked the next night, on Saturday. I didn't expect it at all."

'It's really unfair," he says. "Especially for somebody that's that good of a person for this to happen to. I really hope they find that guy, but it doesn't bring him back."

Students are comforting each other, remembering favorite times together.

"Our last show that we played, which was not too long ago, he took a bunch of selfies on my phone," remembers Turner. "They're still on there. At the time he was doing it, I was like 'Aaron what are you doing?' But now I'm so glad that he did that."

"I remember he had a van and he bought this little mini guitar. He would play the guitar while he was driving down the street in his van," says van Frank describing how much Vasquez loved music. "It was non-stop."

"I don't think it's ever going to seem real that he's gone honestly," says Turner. "I'm just gonna miss him."

Friends and family will say their final goodbyes Wednesday at Vasquez's funeral. St. Benedict's band has planned a special tribute for him.

A memorial fund has also been set up in Aaron's name. You can make a donation at any Wells Fargo bank.

Officers believe the suspect stole Aaron's car. They're looking for a green 1998 Toyota RAV4 with Tennessee tags 779-VWD.

If you have information that could help investigators, call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH (2274). You can also submit your tip at 528cash.org, or text the word AWARD to 274637 (CRIMES). You will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible to receive a cash reward.
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