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Vigil held on anniversary for teen found dead under bridge

It's been 1 year since Natalie Chavez was found dead under a West Side bridge


SAN ANTONIO – Dozens came out Friday night to remember beloved teen.

One year ago Natalie Chavez was found dead under a bridge on the city’s West Side. Chavez was found under the bridge, naked and strangled to death.

Family members at the vigil they say this year has been difficult.

“It's really hard. Especially Christmas time this is even harder without her, I miss her a lot. She's always going to be in our hearts,” said Juan Chavez, Natalie's brother. 

Johnny Joe Avalos, 28, was arrested April 21 on a charge of sexual assault of a child based on DNA evidence found on the body of Chavez. He remains behind bars.

Since Chavez’s death, lights have been added underneath the bridge. Her family says they help increase security.