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Apr 27, 2012 10:22 AM

Fundraiser this weekend to honor teen murdered on NYE

TUCSON- The community is coming together this weekend to honor a Salpointe High School senior shot and killed last New Year's Eve.

Pima County Sheriff's Detectives say Carlos Sandoval was killed in the 49er County Club neighborhood when a drug deal went wrong.

"He was just full of life," Gabriel Morales says as he remembers Sandoval.

Sandoval would have turned 18 on April 30. In honor of that birthday Morales decided to put together a "Stop the Violence" concert. "He would just be very happy and ecstatic that everybody was coming together for his birthday for a good cause," Morales says.

Half the proceeds will go to Homicide Survivors. Morales says he also hopes it will serve as a reminder for young people to stay on the right track. "Think before you act, make wise decisions and stay involved in school and stay involved in something positive," Morales says.

He just wishes that message would have reached his cousin before it was too late. "Regardless of the circumstances there's a young life that's been taken away," Morales says.

The concert will be Saturday, April 28 at the DV8 Nightclub at 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. It will go from 11pm to 2am.

In January the Pima County Sheriff's Department arrested five people in connection with Sandoval's murder. The investigation is on-going.

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