Scenes From Israel "Reefa" Hernandez-Llach Vigil (Photos)

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Had he lived to see a court date, Israel "Reefa" Hernandez-Llach could have argued that his tagging of a derelict Miami Beach building at 71st Street and Collins Avenue was neither mischievous, malicious, destructive, nor damaging. He could have insisted he wasn't a vandal at all.

Instead, he died after a cop shot Taser barbs into his chest and transmitted a lethal dose of electric current.

We attended the Reefa memorial vigil at the site of the incident. Here are some of the tributes that have popped up at the memorial site.

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First-class delivery to the other side.

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Super personal

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These will soon be everywhere.

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Flower guy is going in.

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Like Against All Authority says, "Silence is golden, but duct tape is silver."

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Cardboard justice


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laurajenny033
laurajenny033

IT IS EASY TO JUDGE THE MISTAKES OF OTHERS...  ANYONE THAT HAS NEVER MADE A MISTAKE AS A TEENAGER PLEASE STAND UP!

This is horrible and the comments about this kid is disgusting.  We all make mistakes.  Teenage boys especially.  That is how we grow and learn.  It is up to the adults (the police) to make the better judgement to guide and to help our younger generation grow.  The judgement of this adult cost this child his life.  Israel will never be able to learn and grow from his mistakes. 

Rest in Peace Israel.  You are in a better place now.

disturbthapeace3
disturbthapeace3

@drakemallard you're so fucking pretentious. 
That Mc Donald's has been vacant for years. If anything it's making it look better.
Look what happen to Wynwood. Also, in generalities, Miami Beach Police are officious at the least.

Why go on a thread that's paying some sort of tribute to a wrongful death and give such an OBVIOUS retrospective answer? Of course if the kid knew he would've died he wouldn't have ran. Using a tazer is too much. 

Hindsight is 20/20 right?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Let me ask this question of the family, if someone graffitied your house or property, would you consider it art or vandalism? I bet money on it that you would be on the phone calling police. So,,,, now you know what your son was doing......
Sorry that he died, but he was also engaging in illegal, property destroying, vandalism.....

  This is not art it is Criminal Damage to property and this little criminal decided to fight the law and as the song goes the law won. People are cheering for this persons deviant behavior. Our society is circling the drain of it's own destruction. It's called vandalism. Then fleeing and alluding. If you want to express yourself do it on a canvas or your mothers house. So let me get this straight, if the graffiti kid complied, didn't run away, and listed to the police officers request to stop, he would be alive today. Sounds to me if you comply, do as the police say, take the arrest and possibly fight your charges in court, you will more than likely come out of this situation without being tased.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

fuck miami beach police....someone should get fired soon

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