Images: Community mourns Geraldo Rodriguez at Bangs Lake

 
 
Updated 4/24/2019 10:10 PM
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A public memorial was held at Lake View Villa homeowners association beach Wednesday night for a Wauconda boy who drowned over the weekend in Bangs Lake. The gathering honored Geraldo Rodriguez on what would have been his 10th birthday.

Vanessa and Geraldo Rodriguez embrace as they look over Bangs Lake during a public memorial Wednesday for their 9-year-old son Geraldo Rodriguez, who died after falling off a paddleboat into the water last Friday at Lake View Villa Beach in Wauconda.
  Vanessa and Geraldo Rodriguez embrace as they look over Bangs Lake during a public memorial Wednesday for their 9-year-old son Geraldo Rodriguez, who died after falling off a paddleboat into the water last Friday at Lake View Villa Beach in Wauconda.
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Family members and friends gather.
  Family members and friends gather.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Geraldo Rodrigiuez Sr., left, hugs his wife Vanessa during a public memorial Wednesday their 9-year-old son Geraldo Rodriguez Jr.
  Geraldo Rodrigiuez Sr., left, hugs his wife Vanessa during a public memorial Wednesday their 9-year-old son Geraldo Rodriguez Jr.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Hundreds of happy birthday balloons were released during a public memorial.
  Hundreds of happy birthday balloons were released during a public memorial.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Mourners react during a public memorial Wednesday for 9-year-old Geraldo Rodriguez.
  Mourners react during a public memorial Wednesday for 9-year-old Geraldo Rodriguez.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Family members embrace during a public memorial Wednesday for 9-year-old Geraldo Rodriguez.
  Family members embrace during a public memorial Wednesday for 9-year-old Geraldo Rodriguez.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Geraldo's classmates huddle.
  Geraldo's classmates huddle.
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Geraldo and Vanessa Rodriguez light a lantern.
  Geraldo and Vanessa Rodriguez light a lantern.
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Geraldo Rodrigiuez, left, and his wife Vanessa speak.
  Geraldo Rodrigiuez, left, and his wife Vanessa speak.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Mourners gather.
  Mourners gather.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Vanessa and Geraldo Rodriguez embrace.
  Vanessa and Geraldo Rodriguez embrace.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Happy birthday balloons were launched.
  Happy birthday balloons were launched.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Hundreds of happy birthday balloons float away.
  Hundreds of happy birthday balloons float away.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
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