Santiago Zapata (Photo courtesy Grand Valley State University)
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Santiago Zapata Jr. was remembered Tuesday as a man who "would do anything for his students." Zapata was found murdered in his Grand Rapids home one week ago; police have made no arrests in the case.
Zapata's brother, George, said he has no vengeance toward those who killed his brother but said, "I do hold out my mercy toward you." Zapata's sister said she didn't think it would be long before "justice will be served."
Speakers ar the memorial included people he worked with at GVSU's TRIO program that helps mentor and motivate minority students to attend college. Others were friends and neighbors, like Patrick Reynolds, who said "Jimmy did things because he loved and cared about his students and he wanted them to succeed and achieve all they could."