Siblings of man shot, killed outside food mart speak out for justice

As of Friday, police have not made an arrest in the case

Justin Valle's younger siblings are asking for help to find his killer. He was shot in front of a food mart near NW Military and Lockhill Selma. It's been two days since and police are still looking for the suspects.

SAN ANTONIO – Justin Troy Valle, 30, was shot and killed Wednesday night outside of a North Side food mart. As of Friday, police said his killer hasn’t been arrested.

Valle and another man were having an argument at the Northwest Food Mart in the 2300 block of Northwest Military Highway. The man pulled out a gun and opened fire before running away from the scene.

“He’s an amazing person. Like, this should have never happened to him,” said Branden Valle, Justin’s younger brother. He added, “I just want to hug him and tell him I love him.”

Both of Justin’s younger siblings, Branden and Alexis, said they’re struggling to stay strong. They tell us they have been leaning on their many memories to get them through.

For Branden, it was his older brother’s tough, brotherly love.

“I was outside letting our dog out and he locked the door behind me. He was like, ‘since you are running your mouth, you’re going to stay out there for a little bit and learn your lesson.’ It was really, really cold. I’ll never forget that day. That was a good day, it was funny,” Branden said.

For Alexis, it was Justin’s love of being surrounded by family.

“He pushed to be close to family and he very much wanted us to be close,” said Alexis.

Both siblings tell us Justin was funny, loving, and caring. They added that he was a natural salesman who wanted to go back to school to become a real estate agent.

“Oh, he would have been so successful, super. He’s always wanted to do that, he just never got the opportunity to do it,” said Branden.

According to San Antonio police, they did take a possible suspect in for questioning, but no arrest has been made.

The Valle siblings have this message for the person responsible:

“Someone who shoots somebody else and runs away, that’s a very cowardly thing to do. I’m angry but I’m trying not to be. I’m trying to be more at peace knowing my brother’s in Heaven,” said Branden.

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John Paul Barajas is a reporter at KSAT 12. Previously, he worked at KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. He has a degree from the University of Houston. In his free time, he likes to get a workout in, spend time on the water and check out good eats and drinks.

Joe Arredondo is a photojournalist at KSAT 12.