Phoenix family calls for tips in cold case murder of their brother

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A Valley family is celebrating a birthday with heavy hearts. Monday would have been Albert Chavez's 40th birthday, and police have not yet found the people who beat him to death in 2011.

By returning to the park Monday night, his family hopes to give this case new life. The pain of his loss still clearly shown by his mother and others who came to remember him by candlelight.

They walked through the park and sang "Happy Birthday," holding on to each other.

On the night of August 13, 2011, Chavez walked through Homestead Park on his way home and police believe he might have been attacked by a group of men. 

"We want justice for my brother. We want to know why. We want to know what's going to happen," said his sister, Victoria Chavez. "We want to know what's going to happen to these men. Are they going to be charged with his murder? Or is he going to be one of those unsolved murders 20 years down the line? I don't want that, we don't want that."

Days after Chavez's death, 3TV reported that police were looking into whether this case was linked to another series of robberies in the area around the same time. If you have any information, you're urged to call Phoenix police.