Marcos Arenas, 15, was killed when two suspects in an SUV fled with his iPad. (Photo provided by Allison Barnes)
Family and friends walk in to St. Francis de Sales Church for the funeral of Marcos Arenas. (May 24, 2013/Azenith Smith)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A 15-year-old Las Vegas boy who died after he had his iPad taken from him was buried Friday, more than a week after the incident.
Dozens of Marcos Arenas' family, friends and classmates gathered at St. Francis Church to pay their respects.
Many of them said the teenager was respectful, helpful and funny. They said he didn't deserve to die for an iPad.
Marcos died on May 16 after, police say, he struggled with a male suspect over his iPad. Metro said the boy was struck by a fleeing vehicle used by two suspects who then ran over him.
Police arrested Michael Solid, 21, and Jacob Dismont, 18, in connection to the incident.
"I teared up when I went to his funeral," said Marcos' friend Carlito Quesada. "I thought I was going to be all right but I started tearing up."
Quesada said he knew Marcos since the seventh grade and is still in shock.
"He's a great friend," said Quesada. "He's great at everything he did. I played basketball with him."
"Why did they have to pick him out of all people?" said Marcos' uncle Edward Figueroa. "They are two pretty much grown men. It's just sickening."
"We also realize there are two other families that are getting ready to lose their sons to jail," said Angel Willer, who attended the funeral. "We feel sorry for them also. Their parents did not raise them to do this. We know it was not intentional. They didn't mean to kill him. But they did just the same."
Now the community is coming together to heal and to find peace for a "senseless" crime.
"They took a great gift away," said Willer. "They really did."
Marcos was the oldest of 10 siblings. The community stepped up to help pay for the funeral by holding several fundraisers.
Marcos' family also said a memorial fund was made in the boy's name. Donations can be made to the Marcos V. Arenas memorial fund at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.
Police say they recovered Marcos' stolen iPad but will not go into details about how and when it was recovered.
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