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Friends remember man found dead in Slatterly Park


ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Friends of 31-year-old Kairo Sotelo remembered their friend Monday and reflected on his long-time struggle with drug abuse.

Investigators say Sotelo, who had been living at the Cronin Home for addiction, most likely died of a drug overdose and his body was brought to Slatterly Park.

His body was discovered along Bear Creek Trail on 10th Avenue Southeast at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday by neighbors.

On Monday, friends and family gathered at the site where his body was found to read a prayer written by Sotelo and grieve together. 

His brother said that the death sparks a conversation about addiction and comes with a message to those also suffering.

"You're not alone. Addiction, it takes time. But you have to have a spiritual base. You have to continuously be into the community, or continuously in treatments. Anything that's going to get you to that next point," said Charles Jackson.

Police are not sure how long Sotelo had been dead before his body was discovered or who may have dropped his body off. 

Friends and family are planning a Thursday night vigil to commemorate Sotelo's life. On Nov. 1, his family will dedicate an addiction recovery lecture in his honor.

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