Anchorage

100 people gather to remember teen on the Mountain View street where he was killed

  • Author: Marc Lester
  • Updated: July 26
  • Published July 23

Fe Paller Bagunas, Raynaldo Khotesouvan’s grandmother,  touches the pavement where Khotesouvan died. (Marc Lester / ADN)

About 100 people stood in a semicircle on North Bliss Street in Anchorage's Mountain View neighborhood Monday to remember a 15-year-old boy who was killed at that spot last week. Police said Raynaldo Khotesouvan was shot.

A photo of Khotesouvan was partially obscured by a table that overflowed with flowers, candles and written remembrances Monday. A few people spoke up to remember Khotesouvan as kind, fun and athletic. Most of the emotional ceremony was silent. Two Anchorage police officers stood nearby.

At the conclusion of the event, Siou Khotesouvan, Raynaldo's mother, said the turnout meant a lot to her. "It gives me some peace and comfort that the community's coming together and supporting one another," she said.

"Gun violence needs to stop," she added. "No more blood."

Emotion overtakes family members as a prayer is offered. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Participants held candles to honor Khotesouvan. (Marc Lester / ADN)
A photo of Raynaldo Khotesouvan is surrounded by flowers. (Marc Lester / ADN)