Vigil takes place for Española teen killed by police

Vigil, Española teen, officer-involved shooting

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – Friends and loved ones of a northern New Mexico teen who was shot to death by police say there is much to learn from his death.

Many held a vigil for Victor Villalpando, 16, where he was shot June 9.

Police say Villalpando called 911 about a suspicious person, then gave them a description of the clothes he was wearing and said the person was armed.

On Sunday, a march and prayer was held in the teen’s honor.

Villalpando’s friends from an arts center he attended say his death came with a valuable lesson.

“Victor left us with a gift, and the gift was to really look at our systems here in this region, Rio Arriba County, Española, and to improve them,” said Roger Montoya, director of Moving Arts.

Citizens marched together in solidarity. Villalpando’s death remains under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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