Rene Sortolovo, Thunder Bay murder victim, remembered at vigil
'You don't think something like that can happen to a guy with the big heart he had'
Nearly 100 members of the Hispanic community in Thunder Bay crowded into the front lawn of a Marks Street house on Sunday to remember their friend who was killed there.
Rene Sortolovo's body was found in his apartment on Oct. 19. Police have charged two people with murder. They believe robbery was the motive.
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Miranda said he attended the vigil "to say the last good-bye to my best friend and God keep him in a good place up there because he deserves it."
Sortolovo, 51, was remembered as a good father to his three daughters; a hard-worker for a local roofing company and a trusted friend. He was originally from El Salvador.
"You don't think something like that can happen to a guy with the big heart he had," said Humberto Calderon.
'Everybody is kind of scared'
Maria Martinez helped organize the vigil and said she knew Sortolovo as a dedicated volunteer with the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, and a good role model for other immigrants.
She said about 80 families make up the city's Hispanic community, and they remain in shock over Sortolovo's death.
"Everybody is kind of scared, of course, that even in your home you are not safe," Martinez said. "So you have to lock your doors very well and stay alert all the time because what's going on, can happen to anybody."
Martinez said a funeral is planned for Sortolovo in Thunder Bay as soon as family members in El Salvador can arrange visas to travel to Canada.