Four Year Old Mendota Murder Victim Laid to Rest

November 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Burial services were held Monday for four year old Alex Mercado, a Mendota boy who sheriff's deputies say was molested and then murdered by his 14 year old neighbor.Mercado's oldest brother could hardly hold back tears as he shared a story about his little brother and the chores they shared. Others described a little boy who loved to dance, sing, and play. Alex's teacher at Mendota Headstart described meeting a timid and shy when he first entered school. By his second year, he had turned into a class leader. "He was so full of life. I couldn't come up with enough activities to get that energy out. One day we decided to take roller skates to work. Maybe that way we could stay up with him," said his teacher Mercedes Martinez.

A funeral service was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kerman before his burial at Fresno Memorial Gardens. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims attended the funeral in order to represent her deputies. They were initially called in to help search for a missing child on October 30. By the next day, the case had turned into a homicide investigation. "Law enforcement is more than just working crimes. We have feelings and we are affected deeply by these kinds of crimes," said Sheriff Mims.

The circumstances surrounding Alex's death have the entire community of Mendota in shock. Some who showed up to pay their respects had never met the four year old. "I felt like I needed to be here, because I have young ones of my own. It hurts. I can just imagine what his mother is going through," said Jennifer Mercado, who is not related to Alex Mercado's family.

As his family laid the four year old to rest, they also released new photos of Alex. One shows Alex in a Halloween costume, dressed as a robot. In another, he is shown smiling, sitting next to his father. Many said that smile is what they'll remember most. "If you saw a picture of him and how cute he was ... his dimples and everything like that, he brought a smile to people who knew him and those who didn't know him," said family friend Mali Flood.



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