Vigil held for man run down by woman fleeing from police

Jimmy Medrano, 49, remembered as 'life of the party'

Author: Tim Gerber , Reporter, tgerber@ksat.com
Published On: Nov 28 2013 09:17:12 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 29 2013 03:06:58 AM CST
Johnny Medrano vigil
SAN ANTONIO -

A 49-year-old man was walking to his mother's house Monday afternoon when officials say he was struck and killed by a motorist who was fleeing from a traffic stop on the city's eastside.

With heavy hearts and tears streaming down their faces, the family of Jimmy Medrano gathered at the exact spot where he lost his life near the intersection of South Hackberry and Fair Avenue.

PHOTOS: Vigil for Jimmy Medrano

"We did everything together, we worked together, we did everything," said Medrano's younger brother Johnny. "He was my best friend and we're truly going to miss him."

Johnny Medrano said his older brother was walking the nearly 4 miles to his mother's home, a trip he made nearly every day, when a stolen car, driven by a wanted felon, jumped the curb and smashed into Jimmy.

The family knew something was wrong when he didn't show up.

"Mom was making dinner for him and never made it home," Johnny Medrano said. "Mom said he never showed up, I made dinner, dinner's here and he never misses that."

The family didn't learn what happened until Tuesday, since then their world has been turned upside down.

"He was a good person, real good person, truly going to be missed," Johnny Medrano said. "He loved his family and we all loved him back."

The family said Jimmy was always the life of any party, especially on holidays. Having an empty spot at the table this Thanksgiving was extremely difficult for his siblings and his many nieces and nephews he cared for.

"This year is not the same, because he's not there to come in and say where's the food, where's the turkey," said Norma Medrano, one of Jimmy's sisters. "He just worked to support his little nieces and nephews. He always got paid, took them to the store and bought them whatever they wanted. The kids are taking it hard."

As they fight through their grief together, the Medrano family looks forward to making sure the woman who killed Jimmy, 31-year-old Roxanne Campa pays for her crime.

"Now we're just waiting for justice to be done," Johnny Medrano said. "We're going to make sure we go to court and make sure she gets the full justice which he deserves."

Campa was charged with murder Monday night.

Police said she was fleeing from a traffic stop because she had warrants and was driving a stolen car.

Campa is being held without bond at the Bexar County jail.

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