Soccer Referee Killed In Utah Laid To Rest

Friends and family remembered Ricardo Portillo at a wake followed by a religious ceremony Wednesday in Salt Lake City.

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People take pictures of a picture of Ricardo Portillo before his funeral on May 8, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ricardo Portillo was the soccer official that was punched by a teenage player after a yellow card during a game last week. Ricardo Portillo died of his injuries this past weekend.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Family and friends honored the memory of a Utah soccer referee at an emotional funeral service Wednesday evening just hours after the teenager who punched him before he fell into a coma was charged with homicide by assault.

After an afternoon wake at a community center, a group of men carried a wooden casket with the remains of Ricardo Portillo in silence about a quarter mile to a nearby Catholic church. There, about 200 people - most wearing white shirts - listened to a funeral service conducted in Spanish.

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Pallbearers carry the casket of Ricardo Portillo out of a family viewing to transport it to a local church for his funeral.

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Pallbearers, family and friends carry the casket of Ricardo Portillo through the streets of Salt Lake City to a local church for his funeral.

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Streets of Salt Lake City.

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Streets of Salt Lake City.

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Pallbearers, family and friends carry the casket of Ricardo Portillo into the ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe’ Catholic Church for his funeral.

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