Man shot to death in Central Falls; Loved ones hold vigil

Christian Huertas Hernandez (Family photo)

Central Falls police on Monday released the name of a 22-year-old man who was fatally shot.

Christian Huertas Hernandez was shot and killed at the corner of Richardson and Dexter streets at about 8 p.m. Sunday. A memorial is already growing around a telephone pole in his honor.

His mother and father told NBC 10 News on Monday that their son often walked to and from work at a nearby Price Rite supermarket.

Hernandez's mother said she heard the gunshots and immediately called her son but he did not answer his phone. His father said they saw police and what appeared to be a person laying in the street, which he would later learn was his youngest son.

The victim's father also spoke about the loss their family has endured. Their oldest son was killed last year in a car crash.

They said Hernandez was a hard-working young man involved with youth in the city. He previously worked at City Hall.

"He was always working," a loved one said. "Every time I saw him, he was coming out of work."

A neighbor said he stopped to try to help Hernandez.

"We rolled him over her was pretty messed up. We kept him awake as long as we could until the cops and rescue got here, but they came to my house after and said the young man had passed," the neighbor said.

Loved ones held a vigil in honor of Hernandez Monday night, with a crowd gathering in front of Central Falls High School and walking to the crime scene. They sang songs and left balloons, teddy bears and candles at the site.

"Let's stop killing each other, man," one person said to the crowd.

Central Falls police have not said if they have any suspects or anyone in custody.

They asked anyone with information about the shooting to call them.

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