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January 5th, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Thousands mourn slain teacher

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El Monte, California
CNN

Thousands stuffed the bleachers on both sides of a California high school football field Monday night to remember a beloved teacher who was slain in Mexico a few days ago.

Grieving family members, friends and residents of El Monte, California, waved glowsticks in the air and listened to heartfelt stories about how Augustin Roberto "Bobby" Salcedo was a devoted family man and an inspirational educator. They heard, too, that he was a practical jokester who made people laugh.

Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " blared on loudspeakers. And there was a quieter anthem: Salcedo's family sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" to honor the die-hard Dodgers fan.

In all, about 4,000 people cheered and wept at once at Monday's candlelight vigil held at Mountain View High School as they grappled with their community's loss.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Mexico
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  1. Tim Gibson

    It appears that this is more than being at the wrong place at the wrong time. What actually created the situation leading up to these killings that included Salcedo.

    Where is the connection to an act that does not appear to be random?

    January 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm |