"As an undocumented immigrant Antonio would never jeopardize his presence here, if for no other reason than to protect and stay for our son Josiah. To risk deportation was not something Antonio would ever do, he never wanted to be separated from his son, but this has happened anyhow, permanently and tragically," she said
In addition to his four-year-old son, Josiah, Antonio was also a loving father to Laurie's daughter Angelique.
At the vigil, Josiah could be seen happy and playing, even though he has suffered greatly since the loss of his father. Laurie told the group that Josiah, "wakes up every night, crying, saying the monsters are going to get him," adding, "he tells me every other day that he wishes he could grow up so that the cops could kill him and he could see his dad again."
"My son is going to end up being a statistic of the crimes that are committed because he's going to be upset about what happened to his father."
Family, friends, and supporters are seeking "Justice for Josiah".
"Between all of us we will get the justice that Josiah deserves for not having a dad," Laurie said.
"If we can get Justice for Josiah, Antonio's death will not have been in vain."
|Josiah's Grandmother and Laurie Valdez|
|Josiah and his Grandmother|
|Laurie Valdez interviewed by Telemundo|
|Justice For Josiah|
|Family, friends, and close supporters|