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A Poem for Bobby Salcedo, El Monte Civic Leader Slain in Mexico

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It was early New Year's Eve day when 33-year-old Bobby Salcedo, an El Monte assistant principal and school board member, was kidnapped and shot execution style while visiting the central Mexican city of Gomez Palacio. The Mountain View High School graduate and assistant principal had no connections to narcotics trafficking, but one or two of the six others killed with him may have. Five more people in the city were also killed execution style that night.

Salcedo was well known in his San Gabriel Valley hometown of El Monte. "He was my mentor first - my economics and government teacher in high school," wrote ExperienceLA's Charity Tran, 26, on her personal blog. "After I graduated, I joined the Sister Cities Association of my home town due in part to Bobby’s recruitment effort." And it was the Sister Cities Associations that brought Salcedo to Gomez Palacio--via the program, he met his wife, who is from the city. They were visiting her family last week.

"My mentor became a friend and because of Sister Cities, in many ways he was like family," continued Tran. "Before his passing, I was editing his dissertation - he was going to be the first person in his family to achieve a doctorate." Moved after hearing of the events, Tran this week wrote a touching poem in his memory, which we are sharing here, below: