By Olivia Scheck
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Flowers, candles and personal items were on display in Washington Heights Monday to remember the life of Hector Arias Jr, a neighborhood native who was gunned down last week.
Arias, 33, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head about 7 a.m. outside his Bronx apartment last Thursday, police said.
He had just stepped out of his apartment, at the Gun Hill housing projects in the Bronx, police said.
Outside the Hillside Deli Grocery & Tobacco Shop on Monday where the memorial was erected, Arias was remembered for his devotion to friends and family.
Police have released a sketch of the man believed to have murdered Arias and are seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect.
The suspected gunman is described as being between 5'5" and 5'7", 120 to 140 lbs. and was last seen wearing a black North Face jacket and a charcoal hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS or the local detective squad at (718) 920-1255.