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Crist, other VIPs honor Marques

   A large gathering of VIPs, academics, and the general public flooded Florida International University's Southwest Miami-Dade campus Friday in honor of Jose Marques, the founder of the university's criminal justice program.

   Gov. Charlie Crist, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez, and FIU President Modesto "Mitch" Madique were among the crowd to honor Marques, who chaired the state's Board of Correctional Education under governors Bob Graham, Robert Martinez, and Lawton Chiles.

   Marques, who in June received a special award for his work in Citizen's Crime Watch of Miami-Dade, died in January.

   In honor of Marques, whose son, Javier Marques is chief of staff to County Commissioner Joe Martinez, and who taught at FIU for 30 years, a portion of Southwest Eighth Street, from 107th to 117th Avenue, will be named in his honor.

   In a prepared statement, Martinez said of Marques: "Has been a mentor to countless South Florida police officers, and his memory will live on through their service and in this street designation."