Father of murdered son hopes more reward money might lead to arrest

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 1 at 8:50 AM

PHOENIX - Two fathers whose sons were murdered have joined forces in hopes of getting the community to help them find the person responsible for an unsolved crime.

They are hoping for information and contributions to help find the person or persons responsible for killing one of their sons three weeks ago. The dads are asking for the community's help to provide information and to add to the now $2,000 Silent Witness reward.

Jonathan Garcia's family is in shambles after the 13-year-old was shot to death while out for a morning jog on Nov. 7.

“I believe it was a random act of violence," Isaac Espinoza said. "My son didn't have any enemies.”

Espinoza’s son was a straight A student, like Dan Marco's son Zachary, an Arizona State University student who was shot dead while on the way home from the library in late October.

“Zachary and Jonathan, two good boys, two of our best, taken from our city with little or no explanation,” Marco said.

Despite almost no evidence at the scene and no real suspect description, Zachary's suspected killers have been caught.

“I got to say laptop and cell phone about 5,000 times, someone heard that and somebody found it and somebody turned it in,” Marco said.

Phoenix police believe the motive for Jonathan's murder may also be robbery. They also have very little information and no leads, but won't say what if anything was taken.

Espinoza looks at the Marco case and has renewed hope police will find his son’s killer.

“It gives us an opportunity to believe in humanity to believe in neighbors and believe someone out there could do the right thing,” he said.

The Silent Witness reward is now up to $2,000 and anyone who calls 480-WITNESS with a tip can remain anonymous.

Unfortunately, people sometimes need that reward money as incentive to do the right thing and the hope of both fathers is more money will be donated and someone will come forward with information that might lead to an arrest in the case.

 

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