A family is still desperate for answers one year after their father was killed

Faustino Alonso was gunned down at a car wash.


SAN ANTONIO – A family is still desperate for answers one year after their father was gunned down at a car wash.

It happened December 16, 2011, at a car wash on the city's east side, right off of New Braunfels Street and Paso Hondo.

Faustino Alonso, 59, was shot four times in the chest, then left to die.

On Sunday, his daughters, who asked not to be named, invited their father's friends and family to Hemisfair Park to celebrate his life.

"We just thought that we should rather than focus on the negative part of his last day, we should do this as a celebration of his life," said one daughter.

The sisters lit candles in remembrance of their father and they also let go colorful balloons as a reminder of what a vibrant person he was and the many lives he touched.

"It's a celebration of my father's life," said another sister. "In remembering him, the charismatic, the optimistic and the great humor that he represented."

Alonso had worked as a mechanic for more than 30 years and had his own shop on East Commerce, not far from the car wash where he was killed.

And although family members don't understand why someone would do this, they still want answers.

"We're hoping that when the individuals are brought to justice that our family can find some sort of comfort and peace, closure because it' is extremely devastating and traumatic not knowing anything," his daughter said.

If you have any information on Alonso's murder, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 224-STOP.