The family of Rudy Garza finds it hard to celebrate on New Year’s Eve because the holiday is a painful reminder of their brother’s murder 14 years ago.
Garza, 19, was shot twice in a drive by shooting as he and friends walked to their car after watching New Year’s Eve fireworks in downtown San Antonio. He died in the first hours of 1999.
“You always wonder 'what if?'” Rudy's older sister, Linda Rodriguez, said. “What if he hadn’t gone? Or what if they had taken a different street or parked in a different parking lot?"
According to Rudy’s family, the shots came from the backseat passenger side of a teal four-door car with five people inside. The vehicle had a spoiler and writing on the back window.
Rudy’s killer has not been caught.
"You know, you meet new people out there and you're wondering what if they’re related to that person or what if they are that person that did this,” Linda said. “Here you are befriending them not knowing that this is the person who took your brother's life.”
Rudy’s four sisters have welcomed 14 new years since their baby brother's death and each New Year’s Eve they ask the same question.
“Is this the year they’re going to get the guy who did this to my brother? Are we going to have closure finally?” pondered Linda.
If you have information, no matter how small, Rudy’s family asks you call San Antonio police. The number to SAPD’s Cold Case Tip Line is 210-207-7401.
You can also call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP.
"Nothing can bring him back, but it would help to know that the person who hurt us and our family is going to pay for what they did,” Linda said.