Students and faculty met Wednesday afternoon to discuss how to properly mourn the girl. District officials sent grief counselors to the school, and Shanizya's classmates decorated her desk with letters they wrote to her and her family.

In Southwest Baltimore on Wednesday, a group of 20 neighbors and friends from Union Square stood in front of the Viva House, a Catholic Worker soup kitchen and food pantry. They surrounded a sandwich board sign that read "Oscar Torres. Presente!" and sang "Amazing Grace." One read the 23rd Psalm in Spanish.

Torres had been found outside the Viva House. Co-founder Brendan Walsh said his group would try to help the Torres family with funeral expenses. A friend set up a donation box at a nearby 7-Eleven and a "Funeral Expenses for Oscar Torres" page appeared on gofundme.com.

The family hopes to send Torres' body back to his native Mexico for burial.

Torres attended Patterson Park High School before dropping out. His family said he wanted to work to help his family move into a bigger home. His parents — a construction worker and hotel housekeeper — said he gave cash he earned at a D.C. doughnut stand to his parents.

"I don't want the case to close, I want the killers of my son," mother Ernestina Torres said.

Julio Torres, 17, said his brother loved soccer and Air Jordan shoes and aspired to be a firefighter.

If that didn't work out, Julio said, he wanted to become a tattoo artist. The teen had tattooed the names of his family members on his body. He designed the "Torres" etched on Julio's left shoulder.

On his Facebook page, Oscar had posted several photos of his artwork, including crosses, roses, winged hearts and a spray paint can.

Oscar often urged his introverted brother to be more social.

"We'd just sit down here and he'd buy some soda and chips and we'd talk about all the things that we've been through," Julio said. "Best brother I ever had."

Then he paused.

"Only brother I ever had."

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