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‘He wasn’t a threat to anybody,’ mother says

Friends and family members grieve at a candlelight vigil for Sandia High senior Sean Markey, who was fatally shot early Sunday morning while at a house party. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

Friends and family members grieve at a candlelight vigil for Sandia High senior Sean Markey, who was fatally shot early Sunday morning while at a house party. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

Sean Markey was a sweet kid with a sweet tooth. He loved bananas, his family and curling up to watch a movie with a Sprite, a dog to cuddle with and a warm blanket. His friends called him Slime, his family called him Seany, but everyone knew him as a boy with a big smile and a bigger heart.

Markey’s friends and relatives gathered Tuesday night at North Domingo Baca Skate Park, on Wyoming NE north of Paseo del Norte, to share memories of the 17-year-old who was shot and killed at a high school homecoming party on Sept. 29.

“It’s not fair that he was taken from us the way he was,” said his mother, Tricia Thompson-Ruger. “He wasn’t a threat to anybody.”

She said Markey used to argue with her about which one of them loved the other more.

“He’d say, ‘I love you mostest mostest,’ ” Thompson-Ruger said.

When gunfire rang through the party at a home near Montgomery and Eubank NE, Markey’s friends said, he ran and told them he was shot, and then they put him in a car and took him to Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital, where he died.

As the sun set over the skate park Tuesday, balloons in Markey’s favorite color, green, were released from behind a table adorned with pictures of the Sandia High School senior and handwritten notes from friends. The sound of hard rubber wheels on pavement was replaced with soft sobs and sniffles as people told stories about Markey.

His 20-year-old brother, Cole Markey, remembered a day when the two were climbing trees and Sean broke his arm trying to save his brother, who was pretending he might fall.

“He tried to save me,” Cole Markey said. “He loved us, and he would do anything to save us and protect us.”

Markey was the fifth teenager shot and killed in four shootings across the city in September.

“We’ve got to stop all the violence. It’s not worth it,” one of his friends said. “We’ve got to make Albuquerque better.”

“No one deserves this,” another friend said. “I’m sick of it, and everyone standing here is sick of it. This doesn’t destroy one life; this destroys a hundred lives.”

In a news briefing Monday, the Albuquerque Police Department said it is working on an initiative to try to prevent party- and alcohol-related shootings, which have, it said, led to an increase in the number of deadly incidents recently.

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