CREATED May. 24, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- As family and friends carried the casket of 15-year-old Marcos Arenas, hundreds of people stood outside the church Friday to say a final goodbye.
"They took a great gift away, they really did," family friend Angel Willer said of the teen.
For those who knew him Arenas' life was a gift. He was called a happy and joyful teen. The iPad he lost his life over, was also a gift.
"He got that thing from his dad he loved it he cherished it," uncle Edward Figueroa said. "I understand why he fought for it."
"Marcos did not deserve anything like this," friend Alex Willer said. "He was too good to die for something like an iPad."
Arenas tried to protect that iPad from a man who police said ripped it from his hands while another man ran him over with a car.
"Why do they have to pick him out of all people?" Figueroa questioned. "Pick on a kids his age when they're pretty much grown men."
"We are expecting that Marcos will get justice," Angel Willer said. "That's all we want is justice."
Justice for the high school basketball player and oldest of ten siblings. His friends wore t-shirts with his picture at the funeral and said Arenas always knew how to brighten their day.
"He was always the guy that would go up to if you were crying and make you smile no matter how much it hurt," Willer said.
"He was funny," best-friend Angelo Barn said. "We were both always laughing that's all we ever did."
Arenas loved to make people smile and an outpouring of support for his family at the funeral is a testament to the people he touched.
"There was lot of tears yesterday and it's definitely going to be hard again today especially for the family," Willer said.
Arenas was buried at Palm Mortuary on North Jones. His family raised enough money with help from the community to cover the funeral expenses.