Family looking for peace after 3-year-old killed in drive-by shooting

Rene Blancas Jr. shot just days before fourth birthday

SAN ANTONIO – A family hopes the public can help police find the person who killed their son. Rene Blancas Jr. was shot on the Southwest Side, just days before his fourth birthday.

The child’s father, Rene Blancas Sr., said the family does not have any enemies.

Shots fired at car on highway hit, kill child days shy of 4th birthday

"I couldn't even begin to imagine who would want to do this to us. I have no clue," Rene Blancas Sr. said.

Blancas Sr., his wife, and two children were heading home from a barbecue with relatives Saturday night. They stopped near the intersection of Briggs Avenue and New Laredo Highway when Rene Blancas Sr. saw his cousin pull up beside them. The two held a conversation while sitting in their cars when another car pulled up behind his cousin.

After wrapping up the conversation, the two went their separate ways. Rene Blancas Sr. said he then noticed the car that was behind his cousin had made a U-turn and was now driving behind them.

“That's when I guess the gunshots went off," Rene Blancas Sr. recalled.

One bullet struck one of the children sitting in the car. Rene Blancas Jr. had a gunshot wound to his head.

The family rushed the child to Southwest General Hospital, a couple of blocks from where the shooting took place. He was then taken to University Hospital where he later died.  

Melanie Santos, the child’s mother, said she remembers her last moments with her son.

"The last words I spoke to my baby were, ‘I love you.’ And he said ‘I love you too, mom,’" Santos recalled.

Rene Blancas Sr. sent a public plea for help in the case, “If anybody knows anything. Anything. Even if it's just the smallest tip. Just call."

Police are looking for a gold or beige four-door 2000 model Honda Civic in connection to the case. Anyone with information is asked to call crime stoppers at 210-224-STOP.

A vigil will be held for Rene Blancas Jr. on Wednesday, what would have been his fourth birthday.

Rene Blancas Jr. played on the Lil Cougars baseball team for the 5 Diamonds little league. On their Facebook page, the league announced they would hold a vigil and balloon release for their teammate.

The vigil is scheduled to be held at Field #1 on 8214 S. Flores Street at 6:30 p.m.

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