Community to hold vigil in remembrance of Pedro Roman

SIGNAL FILE PHOTO: Pedro Roman was starting his second year as a football player at Valencia High School when he received his leukemia diagnosis. Photo courtesy of the Roman family.

Family members of 17-year-old Pedro Roman announced Monday the Valencia High School student died, following a recent relapse of his cancer.

Pedro was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2019. Since his diagnosis, support and love has poured in for Pedro and his family.

A Vikings player has his head shaved by another teammate in solidarity with Pedro Roman, a junior varsity player recently diagnosed with leukemia. Photo courtesy of Austin Dave.
Pedro Roman smiles as cars pass by to surprise him on his 17th birthday which was held at Central Park in Saugus on Dec. 19, 2020. Dan Watson/The Signal
Houchin Community Blood Bank Phlebotomist, Cammiel Serda, left, attends to Valencia High School student Andy Lozano, 16, as he donates blood during the community blood drive for Pedro Roman which was held at the City of Santa Clarita Sports Center in Santa Clarita on Saturday, 013021. Dan Watson/The Signal

Football teammates shaved their heads in support of him undergoing chemotherapy, and the student section at Valencia High School honored him with banners and T-shirts showing his name during one of their football games. On Saturday, dozens showed up at a community blood drive in honor of their classmate.

In remembrance of Pedro, a community candlelight vigil has been organized. The event is set to take place at Central Park at 8 p.m. Thursday. Those wishing to attend have been asked to bring purple glow sticks — a tribute to his school colors and his time as No. 21 while playing Viking football.

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