Family and friends say good-bye to soccer referee

Family and friends say good-bye to soccer referee

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Ricardo Portillo was surrounded by family and friends as they gathered to say good-bye.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The song said good bye until we meet again.
The Mariachi band gathered in front of Ricardo Portillo's casket paying their music as family and friends gathered for a viewing.

Portillo died Saturday after lying in a coma for several days after being punched in the head by a soccer player.
The 17 year old was charged Wednesday as a juvenile with homicide by assault.
A family spokesman says Portillo's daughter was aware of the charges.

"She says 'I have no comment at this time, let the justice system take its course,'" says Tony Yapias.

But two days ago, Portillo's daughter spoke at length about the possibility of charges.

Joanna Portillo told ABC 4 UTAH that the teen should be tried as an adult.

"I want to be clear, justice not revenge," Portillo said at the time.

Yapias says Portillo's death created a legacy for him.
"He made a statement that he wanted to be a famous referee," says Yapias. "How ironic because of what's happened as a result of this, it's just that."

Friends at the memorial service were grateful the district attorney charged the 17-year old with a felony charge.

"This such a tragedy," says Bea Manzanares a co-worker of Portillo. "It's so uncalled for"
She was among the people who came to pay their respects.'

Rudolfo Sanchez refereed alongside Portillo. He claims he's been assaulted before and filed a complaint with police. He says that man was sentenced last month in court.
Sanchez says Portillo's death could have been avoided if better protection had been required after his assault.

"In these Latino leagues, there's very little protection," Sanchez says. "We need more police presence. We need to document these assaults that happen and put these players on a list."
Meanwhile Portillo's family gathered off to the side of the casket.

Yapias says the family is grateful for the love that's come their way.

"She says 'I want to thank all of you friends and community for support at this difficult moment,'" Yapias read from a prepared statement. "'Today I ask my privacy for me and my family. I just want to be with my dad.'"

Portillo's body will be cremated and then returned to Guadalajara Mexico for burial.
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