‘No one deserves this:’ Local mother pleas for son’s killer to be caught

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Jose Alatorre was an innocent victim when he was shot and killed at the age of 19. 

“He was a good person. So, that’s what hurts,” said Edith Guzman, Alatorre’s mother. “Why did they do that to my son?”

May 11 will mark two years since Alatorre’s death, and there are still no arrests in the case. 

“His smile; God, I loved his smile,” his girlfriend Julie Jiminez said. “I’d do anything to take that back.”

After his death, Alatorre’s family put up billboards, along with holding marches and vigils. 

“My scream to the sky is justice for my son,” Guzman said. “Justice! That’s what we need because no one deserves to go through what we’re going through forever.” 

Every month, detectives at the Metro’s Bolden Area Command Center get together to discuss cold cases. They say Alatorre is at the top of their list. 

“The fact that he did die tragically, that’s unacceptable,” said Captain Yesenia Yatomi from the Bolden Area Command. 

Alatorre was walking on Vermont Avenue near Washington and Decatur on May 11, 2016. Police say a man driving a black Sedan stopped to talk to him briefly and then shot him in the chest. Police do not know what the motive is. 

“How can someone just kill someone like that?” said Jiminez. 

Alatorre’s family says they will never stop fighting for what’s right. 

“The person who did this, he is still out there.  “He knows he did it and I don’t believe it’s too much to ask for him to be accountable for his actions,” Yatomi said. 

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 702-385-5555.

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