Loved ones hold vigil in honor of two men gunned down in Kenosha

KENOSHA (WITI) -- A vigil was held Sunday evening, April 7th in the 5100 block of 25th Avenue in Kenosha for two men who were gunned down on Friday night.

Carlos Garcia, Zachary Hernandez

The double-fatal shooting has Kenosha residents and family members of the victims on edge. Police have no suspects in the shooting death of 20-year-old Zachary Hernandez and his best friend, 23-year-old Carlos Garcia.

"I helped my sister raise him, so he was like mine. My mind is blank. I don't know what to say, but I feel empty," Lisa Contreras, the aunt of Hernandez told FOX6 News.

Emotionally spent, Contreras is wondering why her nephew, Hernandez was shot and killed outside of their home.

"I was inside and I heard four gun shots and that was it," Contreras said.

On Friday night, crime tape surrounded the perimeter near 25th Avenue and 51st Street in Kenosha -- as officers searched for clues.

Witnesses say the situation went from a heated argument to deadly gunshots in a matter of minutes.

"I was scared. It sounded like they were popping off right in my own backyard. Nothing like this has ever happened here before," a neighbor told FOX6 News.

The next day, family members gathered as a memorial stood on the porch just steps from where Hernandez lost his life. They say Hernandez was released from prison two weeks ago, and was trying to get his life back in order.

Mark Hernandez is Zachary's uncle, and says while their hearts are heavy, they're also mourning the loss of their newphew's best friend, Carlos Garcia, who was also shot and killed.

Garcia was on his way to the hospital when he died from gunshot wounds. He leaves behind a daughter with leukemia.

"He spent every day in the hospital with her. I dropped him off her Thursday afternoon, and his last words to her were 'I love you so much,' and every time he had a chance to tell her he loved her, he would," the mother of Garcia's child said.

Both families are pleading with anyone who knows anything -- to contact police immediately.

"I just say to his friends, this is a lost and bad tragedy. Do not take it in your hands. Leave it to the law and to God, please, I beg of you," Contreras said.

Kenosha police do not have anyone in custody in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (262) 656-7333.

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