A recreational league soccer referee died Saturday night, a week after being punched in the head for issuing a yellow card to a teenage player.
Nearly 100 people attended a candlelight vigil Sunday night for 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo on the front lawn of his Salt Lake City home.
“He was a father, he was a friend, he was a grandfather; he left a whole family behind," his 26-year-old daughter, Johana Portillo, said. "They should think before they do something stupid.”
According to accounts from a police report and witnesses, Portillo issued a yellow card to a 17-year-old goalie for pushing an opposing player. The teenager, who was much heavier than the referee, argued with Portillo, then punched him in the face.