Police do have suspects in mind in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Gabriel Martinez, but so far there have been no arrests in the case.
That has led Crime Stoppers to offer a $1,000 reward for the information leading to the arrests of those responsible for opening fire on the boy in the early morning hours of Sept. 15, 2013.
Martinez was in the front yard of their home in the 300 block of Palfrey, on the city's South Side, at 3 a.m. when a black SUV or pickup truck drove up.
The occupants shouted something, then fired shots.
Martinez was hit twice in the chest and died at the scene.
"He said, 'Mom, I love you. Mom, I love you.' Then he gave up," remembered Abby Martinez, who believes whoever shot her son had the wrong house.
The family had just moved into the neighborhood from the West Side three months earlier. She’s convinced someone could come forward with information.
"I can't believe they did this to my son, and I want justice. I want someone to pay for it and anybody out there (who) knows anything for me or my kids, give us peace and hope and find justice for my son,” she said.
The family says Gabriel had no enemies and stayed out of trouble. His mother said he was an honor roll seventh-grader at Rogers Middle School for the short time he was enrolled.
His grandfather said he thinks the shooting was the result of the drug and violence culture that exists today. He called for peace.
"Gabriel Martinez was someone special, someone that the world needs,” he said.
Crime Stoppers urges anyone with information in the case to call 210-224-STOP. The organization will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and you can remain anonymous to claim the reward.
You can contact Crime Stoppers at 210-224-7867 or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) and include “Tip 127 with your information." The website is www.sacrimestoppers.com.