Palmdale community remembers Gabriel Fernandez on what would have been his 17th birthday

A Palmdale community Sunday honored the birthday of a little boy who was tortured and murdered.

Family and friends gathered to remember Gabriel Fernandez on what would have been his 17th birthday.

They brought flowers, candles, and balloons to "Gabriel's Tree."

Gabriel died in 2013 at 8 years old after years of being abused and starved by his mother, and her boyfriend.

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His mother was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Her boyfriend was sentenced to death.

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