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The Tiempo Gracia Church in Silver Spring was filled Friday night with about 250 mourners, who all stood in silence when Langley Park resident Maxima Saenz, supported by two men, entered to say goodbye to her only son.
my child! Why? she screamed in Spanish as she made her way down the church aisle, her sobbing ringing through the church. A few friends and family members, who were wiping away their own tears, tried to calm Saenz as she threw her head back in her seat.
The group gathered for the funeral of 15 year old Dennis Alfredo Guzman Saenz, the Langley Park teen found brutally stabbed in a Gaithersburg park on Jan. 19.
Police are investigating whether his death is gang related and believe he was killed in Montgomery County, according Montgomery County police. at the edge of a stream in Malcolm King Park by a resident collecting trash in the Shady Grove Village neighborhood.
He was a freshman at High Point High School in Beltsville, where students and staff spent last week raising money for his family to send the teen body back to El Salvador to be buried, Principal Michael Brooks said.
Guzman Saenz played soccer on Northwestern High School Boys and Girls Club team. The club program director, Cynthia Bardwell, said Guzman Saenz was striving to lead a productive life despite violent surroundings.
young man died trying to make a better choice, Bardwell said. are other people around him involved, and because of that, he lost his life. Liaison for Montgomery County Police Blanca Kling said Guzman Saenz uncle, Jairon Jeremias Osorio, was killed Jan. 1 in Langley Park, but police don know whether the deaths are related.
Osorio, 28, of the 1200 block of Tahona Drive was found dead from gunshot wounds to his upper body. Police arrested Juan Mauricio Cruz, 22, of no fixed address, in the incident that is believed to be gang related, according to Prince George County police.
Harriet Ross, High Point High School English for Speakers of Other Languages crisis intervention specialist, said Guzman Saenz visited her often in the weeks after his uncle death.
didn want to be out much. He was nervous, she said, but didn elaborate further.
Ross said she was close with Guzman Saenz during his time at the school.
would come to me even before he came [to High Point] saying, until you meet Dennis, Ross said. turned out to be so much more than they had ever described. known as to friends, had a trademark smile which was known throughout the school, she said.
always used to kid him that he was small in size but he had the biggest heart, she said. feel like I lost my angel. Point students told Ross about the homicide the morning police found the teen body.
of the kids were waiting outside of my office and they were crying and they said, dead, Ross said. away I thought, couldn be that one, and when they said which one it was, I got hysterical because you just wish it would come to an end. said students knew Guzman Saenz was dead when initial media reports described him as an Asian or Hispanic young man wearing a black jacket.
knew right away it was him. That North Face jacket was everything to him, Ross said.
Maxima Saenz was in denial when she first was told about her son death, Ross said.
school buses were coming up at 2:30, she say, Dennis is going to come now. And she would get hysterical, Ross said.
Guzman Saenz 21 year old sister, Sulejma, told The Gazette in Spanish that the teen death has left Maxima Saenz on the verge of a breakdown.
The teen lived with six family members in an apartment, Sulejma said. for eight years, working as a cleaning lady. Guzman Saenz and his two sisters arrived three years ago from El Salvador.
Samantha Salgado, 19, his assistant soccer coach, said a friend had brought the teen to play soccer over a year ago, and although he was shy at first, he quickly made friends and was always a starting midfielder on his team.
Salgado said she was shocked when club members told her Guzman Saenz was dead. He had been waiting to take a bus in Langley Park on Jan. 18 to meet a friend at the Mall at Prince Georges, but Guzman Saenz never showed up or called, Salgado said.
not like him to not call, she said. Jan. 18.
Among the group of mourners at Friday night service were young teenagers, some of whom were wearing Chino T shirts. One school friend had even gotten the phrase tattooed on him, Ross said. A group of men brought Guzman Saenz casket in the church, revealing the boy wearing a suit jacket, tie, a winter ski cap and gloves.
When Maxima Saenz saw the body, she yelled out once again.
is my son! she said. God? group of teens, after walking past the casket, exited the church. They hugged one another, and while quietly sobbing, asked the same question. Murret contributed to this report.
Police are still seeking information about
Guzman Saenz and circumstances related to his death. Anyone with information is asked to call Montgomery County Police at 240 773 5070. Callers may remain anonymous.