Family seeks answers in loved one's killing; suspects sought

SAN ANTONIO – After more than a week and no suspects arrested, a member of 27-year-old Joyce Medina's family is asking the public for help in finding her killer.

The Texas A&M University-San Antonio student was shot and killed on March 6 on the city's Northeast Side. Gunmen shot at her brother when he answered the door, and bullets hit her as she sat on the couch talking with their mom.

Nine days later, three people accused in the crime are still at large.

Pictures from the funeral show an animal lover putting herself through college. Medina was a future bilingual school teacher who loved to travel and was the glue of her family.

Medina's sister-in-law, Kelly Sandoval, said what happened is surreal.

“You can see the pictures. You can read the stories (on) how she impacted many people," Sandoval said.

After nine days without a suspect, police said someone out there has to know something.

"We have a very vague description of the suspect, very little information that we were able to get from the second victim," said Officer Doug Greene, San Antonio Police Department spokesman.

"Just find it in your hearts," Sandoval said as she implored people to come forward with clues.

On March 6, about 11 a.m., police said two men came to the door of the 27-year-old's home in the 4300 block of Sun Vista Lane. A getaway driver sat in a small extended-bed pickup.

After initially saying it was red, police say surveillance video makes them unsure of the color.

Both Medina and her brother, 22-year-old Felipe Lopez, were shot, but he survived.

Lopez said the attacker immediately pulled a pistol out when he answered the door. He thinks the shooter and the man next to him were there to rob him, because the shooter was wearing gloves and a hoodie.

A vigil is planned for next week at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Sandoval said she hopes there's a suspect arrested before then.

"She doesn't deserve for this case to be, you know, collecting dust on some shelf because there are no answers," Sandoval said.

Police are looking for three men, two in their late teens or early 20s, who drove away in the small pickup truck. Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. Medina's employer is also offering a reward.

Anybody with information can call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-7867. Callers can remain anonymous.

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