Fear of police limits leads in teen boxer's death

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PHOENIX – Phoenix police continue working on the murder case of teenage boxer and Olympic hopeful Alexis Urbina, 17, who was found dead nearly two weeks ago in his own home.

Police currently don’t know who committed the murder and don’t have any major leads.

A majority of their cases are solved with tips from the public, but in this case the community has yet to come forward. Police say distrust in law enforcement is partly to blame.

“What makes me the most angry is that these guys are still out there. They’re out there, maybe having fun. They’re out there maybe hurting somebody else,” said Sulem Urbina, Alexis’ sister, who also boxes.

The problem with this case is that a lot of people don’t trust the police, said Mike Fischer, a Phoenix police detective working the case for Silent Witness.

“We just need the people to call us and let us know what they know," Fischer said. "We need help in this case.”

Fischer is one of the two Spanish-speaking detectives brought in after SB 1070 caused a community already distrustful of law enforcement to become more distrustful.

Some may not trust law enforcement, but Fischer said they should know a few things about Silent Witness and its policies.

“What they need to know is that they will be protected. When they call Silent Witness we don’t ask them for their immigration status,” Fischer said. “What we want is the information that they know, and that’s why we also set up a Spanish line."

Parish Ocampo, 21, another Latino sports star, was murdered six months ago. Without many tips, the case currently goes unsolved, similar to Alexis' case.

“I know that there’s people that know who did this and why they did this and they don’t want to come forward,” Sulem said.

Sulem works out her pain in the gym. While she waits on justice, she takes comfort that her youngest brother is training in Alexis' place.

“I’m here today just to train for my brother. I’m here to box for him,” the youngest brother said. “I’m trying to finish what he started.”

He idolized Alexis so much that he’s been wearing his clothing, Sulem told Brown.

Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 to those who come forward with information pertaining to the case.

If you have any information regarding this case, contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS, that’s 480-948-6377, or toll free at 1-800-343-TIPS. You can also leave an anonymous tip on the silent witness website at silentwitness.org.

To view Alexis’s Silent Witness flier, visit: http://silentwitness.org/Pictures/2013-1654.UrbinaOchoa.Alexispdf.pdf.