Teachers, legislators, students and co-workers remember Zachary Marco as a kind, considerate and genuine person with a positive attitude and a bright future.
Marco, a 21-year-old political-science major and honor student at Arizona State University, was shot about 9:30 p.m. October 17 near University Drive and Rural Road in Tempe while walking home from the library, according to Tempe Police.
He was driven to a nearby hospital where he died in the early morning hours of Oct. 18. Police are investigating robbery as a possible motive.
“It’s a tragedy he was snatched from life so early,” Senate Majority Whip Steve Pierce said, “All of his life was in front of him.”
Pierce knew Marco as a page in the Senate from January to July 2009 where Marco would often help him and other senators with daily activities. Marco told Pierce he wanted to be a page so he could learn the system, make connections and eventually become a lawyer.
Ruth Jones, an Arizona State University political science professor who taught Marco in the Junior Fellows Program, said Marco often tutored students outside of class and was admired by his peers.
Marco was a candidate for the legislative internship program at the Capitol for the next session, Jones said. Marco, who had long been interested in becoming an intern at the legislature, came to Jones last week asking for advice before his second interview, she said.
“It shows you how thoughtful he was,” Jones said, “He wanted to be an active citizen and tried to make life better for everyone.”
Jenna Roundy, Assistant Sergeant at Arms for the Senate, said she works closely with pages and remembers Marco as a motivated person with an excellent work ethic. She said he was assigned to the Senate Government Committee and sat in on the Democratic caucus where he would help set up projectors, hand out amendments and set up laptops.
“He never once complained, he always did his work with a smile,” Roundy said.
Pat Peughe, who serves lunch at the Capitol Café in the Capitol building, said she used to look forward to Marco coming in for lunch because he would always take time to chat with her. She said she missed him after the 2010 legislative session this spring.
“Before everybody came in, we would race back and forth on the tile floor. He always won, but he had long legs,” Peughe said.