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Friends and family members of the three men shot and killed in Fremont last week remembered them at a special prayer service on Sunday.

Three candles were lit at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fremont in honor of Jose "Andy" Chavez, Daniel Ramirez and Ramiro Ronnie Sanchez.

Deacon Alfredo Diaz of Sacred Heart Catholic Church said, "Just like a stone in a pool, its ripples extend throughout our neighborhoods and those ripples touch everyone of us deeply."

One of those ripples is shooting survivor Juni Arreolo, who spoke movingly at the service. He was shot that night, but escaped serious injury.

He remembered bartender Ronnie Sanchez as a hero. "All I can say about Ronnie is that he was a hero. And thank him because he may have saved my life or somebody else's life."

Arreolo spoke of his brother-in-law Daniel Ramirez as someone he grew to live. "I could not be any more proud of the man he turned out to be. A great father and a great husband."

He spoke movingly of his cousin, Andy Chavez, whom he considered a brother.

"Andy was a great guy. He would do anything for anybody. He always wanted to help and do more."

Ministers from several faiths were at the service. They acknowledged that incidents like the shooting bring up feelings of anger and sorrow and leave unanswered questions. But Pastor Jody Rice of Grace Lutheran Church told the hundreds in attendance to look towards their faith. "When we suffer loss together, when we come together as a family of God. We come together in love and we hold each other up and strengthen one another through our faith."

 

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