Candlelight vigil planned for young leader killed in double homicidePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A candlelight vigil Wednesday night honored Parish Ocampo, 21, remembered by friends as a young leader, full of promise.
Ocampo and his father Ulises, 46, were both shot and killed early Friday morning in what’s being described as a violent home invasion.
It's estimated up to 200 friends filled Civic Space Park with candles, memories and prayers for the Ocampo family.
"He wanted nothing more than to serve Phoenix, serve Arizona," said Salvador Macias who knew Parish Ocampo through AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute in Phoenix. "He was a loyal servant and never asked for anything for himself."
Macias told 3TV Ocampo fought to attend University ever since graduating High School. He had to put his college education on hold for financial reasons, but had recently received a social security card through the deferred action program.
He was working for a pharmaceutical company to save up money to return to college.
"He had dreams; he had aspirations; he had goals, and I knew he was getting there," said Don Jensen-Bobadilla.
“Just knowing he was like a son to me, and we would just talk and spend time together,” said Bobadilla “That’s the wonderful memories that I’m going to treasure and help get me through this until we have closure and answers."
“I still can’t believe it,” said Wendy Martinez, a friend of Ocampo who also met him through Aguila.
“He always believed in paying it forward,” Martinez said. “That was the reason I had last talked to him.”
Martinez recalls talking to him just last week about a special scholarship fund he wanted to start to help other Latino students.
“He was a character,” said Rosemary Ybarra-Hernandez, the founder of AGUILA. She had a scheduled meeting with him on Friday, the day of his murder.
Phoenix police are still looking for leads in the case. Suspect information is limited. Detectives don’t know why the family’s home on East Adams Street was targeted.
“We think it was the wrong house. He was a good boy, a very good boy,” said Ybarra-Hernandez.
Ybarra-Hernandez describes Ocampo as full of drive and dreams. She told 3TV he was fluent in French and aspired to become an entrepreneur in France.
“Parish is just one of those guys you won’t forget,” Martinez said. “Just an amazing guy; he had a good heart.”
The crime that killed him and his father, a Valley soccer coach, makes no sense to friends and loved ones. They're begging anyone with information to come forward to police.
“I don’t know why they did this, what their intent was, but they hurt innocent and very hardworking individuals who gave back to their community,” Ybarra-Hernandez said.
A soccer tournament will be held in the Ocampos' honor Thursday starting at 5pm at Coronado Park in Phoenix, 12th St. and Coronado.
Donations are also being accepted to Parish’s Promise Scholarship. Call 602-518-0612 or find more information on www.aguilayouth.org.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).