Special service held for slain UTB student Jonathan Torres

Jonathon Torres File Photo

Jonathan Torres TMs death is still something that friends, classmates and faculty at the University of Texas at Brownsville can not come to terms with.

The 18-year-old student was on his way to visit family in Ciudad Mante, Mexico when the bus he was on, was hijacked. Friends close to his family said Torres was shot in the head three times.

Belia Ortega, Torre TMs classmate said he did not deserve to die as he did.

I find it really unfair that somebody so innocent had to sacrifice his life and they had to take his life the way they did, Ortega said. People just take lives just to take it just because they don't have what they want or they don't want to give up what they have."

The Catholic Campus Ministry dedicated a Mass to remember Torres TMs life.

Pastor Jorge Gomez said no one can prepare to lose someone so young and full of life, but hopes the tragedy will increase awareness about the need for peace and justice.

Albert Razo is one of the students who crosses the border everyday and is also hoping for a quick end to the violence.

"I hope it finishes soon because, me as a Matamoros citizen, I feel uncomfortable to be there and I think the last thing is to pray (to) God so it can finish soon," Razo said.

Ortega said she tries to remember Torres in life rather than in his brutal death.

"He was the nicest person anybody can meet, Ortega said. He was shy at the beginning like anybody and he just knew how to put a smile on anyone TMs face."

Jonathon Torres would have turned 19 years old in November.

He had just started his freshman year at UTB with the hope of pursuing an associates degree and was making the quick trip to Mexico to see family and return to class a few days later.

Torres TMs remains are back in Ciudad Mante with the family he was headed to see that fateful day.