SNOHOMISH, WA— Rafael Anguiano took the pitch on Saturday night at the Snohomish SoccerDome with a heavy heart but willing feet. His first kick, his second — all the kicks he would get on the night were in memory of his brother Adrian who was shot and killed in Redmond on January 3rd.
The Western Indoor Soccer League match between Snohomish and the Oly Town Artesians ended with a 7-5 win for the Skyhawks. On his Facebook page after the match Rafael posted: “Tonight’s game will be unforgettable, the passion, the hard-fought battles, but most importantly every one of these guys played with heart! The emotions that overcame me after getting the win are unexplainable. This was more than a win, a game of soccer. Tonight we showed the brotherhood that we have established within this team.”
Video: Help to catch Adrian’s killer.
Adrian was also a soccer player, and loved the sport like his brother does. His memorial published in the Yakima Herald says: He grew up playing soccer, admiring his brothers; the love that they shared for one another was incredible. He played soccer with the Sun City Strikers and for the Davis High School soccer team. Adrian loved music, and he enjoyed going fishing with his dad. He had a smile that would light up the room when he walked in, his laugh was contagious. Rest in peace, Adrian “Caritas” Anguiano.
Video: Adrian Anguiano memorial.
Many of the Skyhawks players wore black armbands to honor Adrian. His brother Rafael didn’t register a goal or an assist in the match, but his mates came through for him. Adrian Espinoza and Brendan Rosgen each scored twice. The other Skyhawks goals came from Aaron Burns, JC Henson and Tye Hastings. Oly Town kept the match close with a one-goal two-assist performance from Willie Spurr.
A recent GoFundMe page raised over 7,000 for the Anguiano family.