LAWRENCE — Family members of Edgar Ramos brought out the bike he was building last night for his 5-year-old son Mason, as friends and relatives crowded around the candle-lit shrine in front of 343 Lowell St. to pay their respects to the city’s latest murder victim.
Ramos, 25, who lived in the building, suffered four gunshot wounds to the chest just before midnight Friday and died a short time later at Lawrence General Hospital, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.
Kimball-Monahan said Ramos was shot at the intersection of Essex and Oxford streets.
As of late last night, no arrests had been made in the case and few details about the shooting were released. Lawrence police were working with state police detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office.
“He was going out for a walk with a friend last night and he must of met somebody he mixed it up with,” Madeline Rodriguez, 52, said of her son’s final hours.
“We don’t know very much,” she said, as she stood amongst mourners, candles, photographs and various remembrances of her son.
“I want him to be remembered as a beautiful person, a good son — loving and caring to everyone,” Rodriguez said.
“He always taking care of me because I’m sick with lung cancer. He took care of his grandmother too. He had lots of friends and everybody loved him,” she said.
Somebody bought his favorite meal from Jacqueline’s Mini Market and placed it at the shrine in front of the home yesterday.
“He loved chicken and fries,” Jessebel Graceki said of her husband.
“He was always there for his son. He was a very good father,” she said.
Graceki, 23, a 2008 graduate of Lawrence High School, said Ramos aspired to be an architect.
He attended Methuen High School, though he never earned his diploma, according to his mother.
“He liked to socialize with his friends. He was an artistic person and had a passion for art,” she said.
“He was doing construction work in Boston. He got laid off and was waiting for work in Worcester. He was almost done with a GT Peformer bike he was building for his son,” Rodriguez said last night.
Then she asked a family member to bring the bike out. The only thing missing was the seat.
“We’ll find somebody who knows what they’re doing to finish it. My son had been working on the bike for a month and a half to two months. He did it all from scratch, buying parts off the Internet,” she said.
“He sanded it down, painted it and glossed it so it looked really nice,” Graceki added.
Tony Montana, 38, of Lawrence, said he was angry about his cousin’s murder.
“There’s no reason for this to happen. I woke up to the news this morning. It ain’t right,” he said.