Williamsburg, Brooklyn (WABC) — In Brooklyn, a candlelight rally was held to honor the deceased construction workers.
Ronnie Ortiz was killed in East New York during his lunch break on Wednesday. Friday would have been his 31st birthday. Now his family wants justice.
Lanterns lit up the sky as friends and family remembered Ortiz.
“He was always ready for a hug – he had an infectious smile,” said friend John Condon.
They gathered, laughed and cried.
“He was a gentleman on and off the field,” said high school coach Melvin Martinez.
It’s the same McAllen Park softball field that Ortiz once played on, and where their No. 21 made people laugh.
On the Friday that was supposed to be Ortiz’s birthday, his family was focused on celebrating him.
“This should never happen to such a good young man,” said Aunt Sarah Crandall.
In the community that loved him so much, they all ask the same question – why did this happen?
Teammate Allen Boseman said, “It doesn’t make sense. The kid went to work every day. The kid didn’t get mad at anyone. We just can’t make sense of it.”
As the police work to find Ortiz’s killer, those close to him focus on his lasting legacy and impact on the world.
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