One year later, murder of Valley teen still a mystery

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PHOENIX -- Police still have no answers in a murder that claimed the life of a Valley teenager one year ago.

Jonathan Garcia-Valladares, 13, was jogging in the area of 26th Street and Thomas Road last November when police say he was shot several times.

Police say they are no closer to an arrest; the case still remains a mystery.

On Monday evening, the teen's family returned to the spot where Jonathan lost his life to remember and remind the community that his killer has yet to be found.

Ruth Valladares, Jonathan's mom, says she believes the killer has talked to somebody about the shooting.

"They need to talk; they need to say something,"she said. "Because right now it's my son, but tomorrow you don't know. Nobody has the right to take somebody's life like that."

Jonathan's mother cried at the small memorial at the driveway of a stranger's home, where her son's body was found.

"Every time I wake up it's hard to realize that he's not there," she said. "I miss him very much. It's been a really tough year."

The fact that no one has been arrested for the crime causes even more pain for the family.

"That's worse, that's worse," she said. "Because the person who did this may be still [doing] something worse."

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