Candlelight vigil held in memory of 15-year-old killed in armed robbery

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BRODHEADSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A senseless murder and an unimaginable tragedy. Family and friends mourn the loss of 15-year-old Aiden Paiz.

A candlelight vigil took place this evening at Pleasant Valley High School. Pleasant Valley High School is where Paiz goofed around with his friends, played basketball, took part in an anti-bullying club, and made an impact on so many of his peers. It’s where roughly 200 people gathered to honor his memory.

“Everything was ‘Josh and Aiden,’ now there’s no more Aiden,” Ricardo Rodriguez, Paiz’s grandfather, said. “We’re all human beings. We shouldn’t be treated like animals like my grandson was. Just have peace in your heart and we can live a happy life.”

15-year-old Paiz was shot and killed during an armed robbery Sunday night. Three suspects are now in custody.

“It’s just so terrible how such a beautiful soul like his could be taken away from us so fast. He was just at my house the same weekend, eating pizza and laughing,” one of Paiz’s friends said.

Laughing, or making others laugh is how friends remembered Paiz at the vigil, organized by students. One by one, friends, family and even teachers shared fond memories — describing the freshman as outgoing, funny, friendly and thoughtful.

“His peers have been struggling. Aiden was not just your average kid, he was someone who brought life into the classroom and into the gym when we had basketball. He was a very funny kid,” Bobby Hahn, a teacher and basketball coach, said.

“I was proud to hear them speak about him. I was proud to see them have the courage to kind of say something and I think that just shows their character to try to show the family all the nice memories they had about Aiden which maybe helps the family at a time like now,” principal Matthew Triolo said.

His uncle ending the night with a message for the other kids.

“A lot of us helped raise Aiden and we don’t want to see anything like this happen to any of you,” Paiz’s uncle said.

A very emotional night at the high school. We heard about Aiden’s special relationship with his grandfather, how they would play basketball and Aiden would help around the house. It was moving to see how many lives he touched in just 15 years.

There will be a viewing for Aiden Paiz on Friday from 1 pm to 4pm at Gower’s Funeral Home, and a Mass on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Broadheadsville. 

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