Reward offered in unsolved killing

Corey Cumby shot to death in November 2009

SAN ANTONIO – Shirley Puente said she remembers how her 34-year-old son, Corey Cumby, towered over her -- being that he was just over six feet tall.

"He was a big kid himself. He never grew up," Puente said. "He was wide open in the fast lane."

In fact, San Antonio police report her son, last seen at a nightclub on Perrin-Beitel Road, was driving on I-35 South near Eisenhauer Rd. about 3 a.m. Nov. 8, 2009. Police said a passenger in a black, 4-door sedan pulled up next to Cumby's Mercury Grand Marquis, then opened fire.

Puente said after the fatal shot, her son veered off the highway, across the access road, and crashed down a concrete culvert next to the railroad tracks.

Two years and two months later, Puente said she feels anger and frustration, but also "hostility to know that he was left in a ditch like trash."

As for those responsible, "I think they're cowards," Puente said. "Someday they will feel the pain that my son felt."

Puente said she often wonders about her son's last moments.

She said, "What were those thoughts? Did he holler? Did he scream? What was that flash in front of his face?"

Puente said she is not aware of any problems at the nightclub prior to her son's shooting.  

She said her son, also known as "Gumby," was devoted to his wife and their little girl, who vividly remembers the day her father was killed.

"He was full of life. He loved his family. He loved life," his mother said.

She said it saddens her to hear her seven-year-old granddaughter ask, "Did they find the people who shot my daddy? Have they found them yet?"

Puente said, "We have hope. We have faith. And we believe that it will happen someday."

Up to now, she said police have not been offered any useful leads.

"There's so many people that know something and they're not doing it for whatever reason," she said.

CrimeStoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information that could lead to an arrest. The public is asked to call 224-STOP, but they do have to give their name.