TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Emilio Hoffman’s friends and an entire community came together Tuesday and Wednesday nights to remember a life lost too soon.
Emilio, a 14-year-old freshman, was shot and killed Tuesday in the boy’s locker room at Reynolds High School by fellow freshman Jared Michael Padgett, 15, who was also found dead of a self-inflicted gun wound, Troutdale police said.
Jennifer Hoffman, Emilio’s mother, said in a statement released Wednesday that her son lived and loved life to the fullest and she has no regrets as a parent.
She along with family attended Tuesday night’s vigil at Walt Morey Middle School and was overwhelmed by the community support, which continued at Providence Field Wednesday night.
Portland Timber’s fans united in a moment of silence, honoring the teen shooting victim. The Timbers Army also raised their scarves precisely 29 minutes into the game as a tribute to the teen, who wore number 29 on his high school’s soccer team.
Soccer along with humor, friends said, was Emilio’s life.
“I remember vividly, before every practice, he’d run up to me and give me a hug always smiling!” said Tristan Craft, a friend and one of Emilio’s soccer teammates.
Close friends and teammates are in disbelief as they continue to grieve the senseless loss of Emilio who was known for his smile and athleticism on the soccer field.
“From the moment he got there, he could turn your day around,” said Chase West.
Stefanie Craft, a Hoffman family friend, said she is honored to have known Emilio.
“They do nothing but give to others. They’re a tight knit family. They volunteer at kids’ soccer clubs,” said Craft.
Jennifer Hoffman encouraged all of Emilio’s friends mourning his loss to be happy, as he would want them to be.
“Emilio loved his friends, and his friends loved him,” she wrote in her statement. “To those friends we say – be happy like Emilio. Smile like him. Laugh like him.”