EXCLUSIVE: Former Odessa Teen Killed

by Jacqueline Sit

NewsWest 9

"You meet good people, you meet great people and then you meet people like Adrian and maybe if you're lucky enough, you'll meet one person like him," Justin Reyes, Adrian Medina's best friend, said.

The pictures are evidence; Adrian Medina was never without a big smile or a sense of humor.  Full of life, fun and loving, only a few of many words used to describe this teenager.

"We were always busy doing our own thing, nothing else really mattered when we were hanging out, it was us and the world," Reyes said.

Close friend and inseparable, Justin Reyes could never have imagined it would change but it did.  The news came early this week; Adrian was stabbed and beaten to death near a park in San Jose, California over the weekend.

"Adrian was more like a brother to me, just a feeling of numb, just couldn't believe it had happen because I do know he was returning back to Odessa sometime soon," Daniel Ruiz, another close friend of Adrian Medina, said.

Daniel Ruiz worked with Adrian, now he's left with memories of a young man with an attitude as bright as his smile.

Adrian always looked forward to being with his family and taking care of his friends.

"He was one of the most loyal people I've ever met and whenever you meet Adrian, he's taking the bullet for you there's just no way in hell you'd catch it before he would, that's the kind of person he was," Reyes said.

He was a brother, a son, a friend to many, all revealed on his MySpace page with postings of the former Permian Panther, one of the first in his family to graduate high school.

"For being so young, he was actually really collective with his thoughts," Reyes said.

Tonight, his friends celebrate his life, swapping stories, sharing their fondest memories of Adrian Medina.  His smile, his laughter will be missed.

"Just didn't know how to deal with it, so I prayed for him, just kind of realized he was an angel down here, there's no reason why he wouldn't be one up there either and I guess if it's his time then who am I to say that it wasn't," Reyes said.

A viewing will be held for Adrian Medina this Saturday and Sunday at Holy Redeemer Church in Odessa.  A funeral mass will also be held there on Monday, July 16th at 10 am.

Medina will then be laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery.  His body will be flown back from San Jose, California to Odessa.  Friends and family of Medina are asking for your help with donations.  If you'd like to contribute, send them to the Barn Door Steak House in Odessa.