Soccer tournament dedicated to slain teacher's aid
YAKIMA, Wash.-- The 2nd annual Copa Spike Off Soccer Tournament is being held in Yakima this weekend.
This year's tournament is dedicated in the memory of Yecenia Guerrero, the Yakima teacher's aid that was shot and killed in June. Police say Guerrero was not the intended target in the shooting but mistaken for someone else.
This year's tournament is hoping to get people in the community to stop resorting to using guns, the theme "Stop the Violence".
Organizers say they hope this year's event will get more people thinking.
"To all those people that knew Yecenia, she was a great person, a great human being. A leader in the community. She dedicated her time to helping people," said Victor Monreal, the event organizer. "We do it in memory of her is because we would like for her to be an example to us."
12 teams from all over the state are competing in the 2 day competition, the championship games taking place Sunday at Marquette Stadium.
But more than just soccer, they say they're hoping to pay tribute to a great person and remember a great life.