On the third anniversary of his murder, family and friends of Paul “Pucky” DeLeon held a candlelight vigil on the corner of New Braunfels and Fair avenues Wednesday.
The 17-year-old was fatally shot at the intersection while sitting in the passenger seat of his brother’s car on December, 19 2009.
“I want Paulie to see that he still has a lot of love here,” said his mother Norma Rodriguez.
Fighting back tears as she held a photo of her son, Rodriguez said she hasn’t heard from the detectives investigating her son’s murder in nearly five months. She said the public memorial is a chance to renew the search for justice.
“If I don’t do this or keep it out there, I'm afraid they're going to forget or they're going to think that we're not going to continue to try and I'm not going to give up,” she said.
Paul’s brother, Roy Cruz, said he wakes up everyday wishing he had taken a different route home the night Paul was killed.
“Five minutes away from my mom’s house and it happened just right there - too quick.” he said.
The shooting happened so quickly that neither Cruz, nor DeLeon’s 14-year-old sister who was also in the car, got a good look at the gunman. But thanks to hypnosis, Cruz was able to provide a police sketch artist with enough physical details to create a sketch.
The family hopes the drawing can result in some new leads in the case. Until the killer is caught, Norma Rodriguez said she’ll return to the corner every year to keep her son’s name alive.
“I'm not going to give up. I have to continue to keep this case out in the open,” she said, “I'm going to make sure nobody forgets Paul’s name.”