Posted: Jan 17, 2014 7:44 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2014 10:16 PM
PHARR - A woman keeps waiting for justice three years after her son's murder.
Judy Perez's son, Jose Luis Martinez Jr., was caught in the crossfire in a drive-by shooting. The 14-year-old was an innocent victim in the case.
"It's been very difficult. Every time I go to sleep, I see him. I see him in the coffin, and it's hard," Perez said.
"I wish here was here, not over there in the cemetery. Day by day, it's getting harder and harder," she said.
A makeshift memorial sits in front of the home where the 14-year-old was gunned down.
Perez said time has not eased the pain.
"He would tell me he loved me. I can't hear him (any) more ... laughing, playing. And it's hard ... for me and my other son," she said.
Perez said her son's murderer has not been brought to justice. She wants anyone with information to contact police.
"If people know ... say something, because it's been three years," she said.
Jody Perez, the victim's aunt, said the incident is vivid in her mind. She and her cousin also were hit in the crossfire. Their wounds remind them of the terrifying ordeal.
"I died twice on the table. They had already told my mom and my sister to say their goodbyes, because I wasn't going to make it," she said.
Police said they are still actively searching for the suspects. They are looking for four people believed to be part of street gangs.
"It's hard when you're dealing with gang members," Assistant Police Chief Javier Gonzalez said.
"We have made leads on it. We get information from citizens, Crime Stoppers and from other agencies," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said investigators traveled to San Marcos to pursue a lead. That tip eventually went cold.
The family of the 14-year-old said they want him to be remembered as a caring and loving boy. He was an honors student who played football and loved to cook.