14-year-old remembered in Everett as a teen who did a lot of good

David Sandoval

EVERETT, Wash. -- Friends and family are remembering the legacy of a 14-year-old Everett teen who was gunned down on October 4 at an Everett Apartment Complex.

Police say a 13-year-old boy shot and killed David Sandoval over the color of his shoes.

“David was in the wrong place at the wrong time and it was a tragedy on both sides,” said Todd McNeal, executive director at Hand in Hand in Everett.

Sandoval, who was a freshman at Mariner High School, volunteered at Hand in Hand, a non-profit in Everett that mentors and helps kids.

“David was wonderful he was a behind the scenes guy – he didn’t want credit. He was jokester but also a really hard worker,” McNeal said.

Jorge Galindo, who is a community navigator for Hand in Hand, mentored Sandoval and said the teen would help paint the fields and also helped train and coach kids.

Friends and family of the beloved teen said he was a spirit to be reckoned with and was always smiling and making others laugh.

“His mom and dad, his family and those of us in the community saw something so special in him and had such high hopes for the great things he was going to do,” McNeal said.

Sandoval hardly knew the teen who police said fired the gun and killed him.

“I’ve been telling everybody this seems like nightmare and I just hope I wake up,” Galindo said. “He was really really good kid.”

McNeal said Sandoval got tremendous joy from working with and helping kids. McNeal added the teen left a legacy of volunteerism that his family, mentors and peers will never forget

“I’m going to miss him a lot,” Galindo said.

The teen accused in Sandoval’s death has been charged with second-degree murder with a firearm. He remains in custody.

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