New evidence in teen's stabbing death could break case

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TEMPE - Police in Tempe need your help to solve the murder of a 19-year old man who was stabbed after getting off the bus stop near his Tempe apartment.

Police call his death a random act of violence. The victim and his attacker got off a city bus at Scottsdale and McKellips. Authorities now have some new evidence from the case, surveillance footage and photographs of the man they are convinced committed this murder.

"He was a wonderful son," says Sandra, the mother of David Romero.

There's not a moment that goes by that Angel and Sandra Romero do not think about their son. Angel says, "He had a really unique laugh. Everybody loved him. Everybody misses him."

David was the oldest of six. His mom says, "He was a really good brother, always playing around."

But in the blink of an eye the Romero's lives were turned upside down. His dad says, "I hugged him and told him that I loved him and that was the last time that I seen him.

Two days later, on December 27, David was robbed and stabbed at his Tempe apartment near McKellips and Scottsdale Roads. He somehow managed to walk to a neighbor for help. In the 911 call you can hear David begging for help. He yelled, "Please hurryI'm gonna die!"

According to Detective Jerry Adams, David got on the bus at Scottsdale and Camelback and so did a man seen in surveillance footage. Adams says it does not appear the two knew each-other. Adams explains, "Right now it looks like a target of opportunity."< /p>

Both men got off at Scottsdale and McKellips. Investigators believe the stranger followed David to his apartment. Adams says, " There was obvious communication between the two."

Barely clinging to life, David managed to give officers a description of his attacker. He died a few moments later.

His mom now says, "Someone is responsible and someone needs to pay for it!"

His father admits, "It's gonna take the publicsomeone who knows him to come forward. As hard as it may, be please come forward."< /p>

Investigators are hoping someone has information about this murder. If so, you are asked to call Tempe Police or Silent Witness.