Family and friends held a memorial service Saturday for a life taken too soon. Yairo Oropeza was killed June 28 in what deputies call a road-rage incident.
Loved ones came together on Saturday to remember the brother and son that was taken from them. Oropeza, 23, touched the lives of everyone around him.
“He was always making jokes. He never took anything seriously. Like he was constantly laughing and he had a big heart,” said his sister, Yanis Oropeza.
“He’s the best, most happy, bright person you can ever possibly meet,” said friend Daniel Martinez.
Yairo’s smile was infectious. His positivity was enough to turn around someone’s day. He brightened up any room he entered.
This is a challenging time for his loved ones but it’s the memories that bring them comfort.
“My brother and I, we’ve talked about death maybe once and he always said that he wanted a party. He wanted jokes, he wanted people to have a good time,” Yanis said.
“That’s the reason why I haven’t cried, you know, because I’m trying to take it the way he wanted it,” Martinez said.
As Yairo’s friends and family are saying goodbye, they also want justice. That call for ‘Justice for Yairo’ is painted on cars, on their backs, and is in their thoughts.
“I want justice; I want Yairo to have justice and both of them in prison,” Yanis said.
“That man should not be walking around freely when my friend is in a box,” Martinez said.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has released a composite drawing of one of the suspects and the car the suspects might have been driving in connection with the shooting.
Deputies say the black sedan that the man and another suspect, who is described as a heavyset woman, were in might have gunshot damage.
If you have any information about the suspects or car involved, you can call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or submit tips online or via the app.