Family, friends and neighbors of a Las Vegas valley teen are refusing to let his murder be forgotten.
Nineteen-year-old Jose Alatorre-Guzman was shot and killed more than two years ago. His murderer remains on the loose tonight and police are appealing to the community to solve this cold case.
A community is searching for justice.
“He was a good kid, he didn’t deserve this,” said Julie Jimenez, his girlfriend.
Alatorre-Guzman’s life was cut short in May of 2016. He was gunned down while taking a walk on Washington Avenue and Decatur Boulevard.
Police say the driver of a black sedan approached Jose, engaged in conversation, and then shot him before driving off.
Loved ones are still processing the void in their lives.
“I know his mom is not at peace right now, I’m not at peace, I think no one is right now,” Jimenez said. “There’s days where I really miss him, I can feel him, it’s like feeling, I feel like I can smell him, I know that he’s watching over us.”
They say what might ease the pain — is finally catching the person who took Jose’s life.
“Anything can lead to somewhere, and we just need any type of information that it is,” Jimenez said.
That’s why Bolden Area Command officers with Metro are calling on neighbors to take action. They believe someone has crucial information that can solve this case.
“They’ve lost their son who had a bright future, and it was a senseless senseless murder, all murders are senseless, but we have a family that is persistent, the least we can do is help them pursue justice,” said Metro Captain Yasenia Yatomi. “We just need to touch their hearts and let them feel safe to come out and tell us what they know, tell us anything.”
While thoughts and prayers are still needed, this neighborhood wants action through unity and justice for Jose.
“We have each other,” Jimenez said. “I know he would have wanted us to stay together, keep in contact, make sure we would solve his case.”
Jose’s family donated his organs to help others. They’re asking anyone with information that may help lead to an arrest to call CrimeStoppers at (702) 385-5555.