Family of Pflugerville homicide shooting victim pleads for answers

Jose Martinez and his niece (Family Photo)
Jose Martinez and his niece (Family Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Family members of the man shot and killed in Pflugerville on Wednesday are trying to raise money for his funeral.

Police say 20-year-old Jose Martinez was found shot early Wednesday morning in the parking lot of an apartment complex located at 15835 Foothill Farms Loop. Emergency crews transported him to the hospital where he later died.

Saturday afternoon, the family of Martinez cooked and sold food in east Austin. “We are out here because we have to do something, we have to make sure this is done right,” said Martinez’s Cousin Patricia Moncada.

Moncada says she was extremely close to her cousin. “He was an enjoyment; he was someone you always wanted to be around. He always had a smile that could light up a room in the dark,” she said.

Family members raise money to help with costs of the funeral of Pflugerville homicide victim Jose Martinez on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in east Austin. (KXAN/Lauren Lanmon)
Family members raise money to help with costs of the funeral of Pflugerville homicide victim Jose Martinez on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in east Austin. (KXAN/Lauren Lanmon)

Moncada says the day Martinez was shot was the second day of his new job working in construction. She says Martinez was supposed to be in south Austin for his job on Wednesday, she says she still doesn’t know why he was in Pflugerville that morning.

“He had friends everywhere,” said Mocada. “You know, he was trying to change his life, he was trying to do everything right and then this happened.”

Moncada says her cousin helped provide for the entire family, which is why everyone is working to raise over $10,000 to give Martinez a proper burial. “Everybody runs into problems in their life, but we’ve never had problems like this,” said Moncada. “He was family to all of us and we want to make sure it’s done right.”

Police have yet to name a suspect in the case, another reason why Moncada says her family is out talking to the public and searching for answers. “We just ask that somebody let us know something because at the end of the day he was an uncle, a brother, a cousin and a son. Nobody deserves to die that way.”

Even though a suspect has not been arrested, police say the shooting was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public. Anyone with information is being asked to call (512) 670-5700 or email cidtips@pflugervilletx.gov.

KXAN’s Lauren Lanmon talks more with the family tonight on KXAN News at 10. 

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