Local family anxious for return of headstone stolen from loved one’s grave

Larry Alvarez-Perez, 18, was murdered in San Antonio in December 2020

SAN ANTONIO – One small plot in Elmendorf’s City Cemetery has brought a tiny bit of comfort to Ann Martinez and her family.

It is the site where they buried her nephew, Larry Alvarez-Perez, after his murder in December 2020.

Larry Alvarez-Perez, 18, was shot dead in San Antonio in December 2020. (KSAT 12 News)

“We come. We sit here. We talk to him. I come. I cry. I talk,” Martinez said.

The 18-year-old was shot dead during an altercation in San Antonio.

Relatives had hoped he would rest in peace, but they say someone has been making that impossible by repeatedly vandalizing his grave.

“Larry’s gravesite has been urinated on. Larry’s gravesite has been vandalized where we’ve had other things that have been broken,” Martinez said.

Elmendorf’s police chief, Marco Pena, confirmed the ongoing damage, adding that someone also fired gunshots at the gravesite.

However, what has hurt the family most is what happened most recently, when someone stole the headstone from Larry’s grave.

“Our first reaction was, ‘Who the hell would have done this?” Martinez said.

However, she said she quickly began to suspect this is all somehow related to her nephew’s murder.

Police also believe these are targeted acts.

Pena said no other gravesites in the cemetery have been vandalized.

The family last saw the headstone May 11, when they marked what would have been Larry Alvarez-Perez's 22nd birthday. (KSAT 12 News)

“What more do they want, you know? Let him rest,” Martinez said. “Is he coming out bothering you? Is he haunting you?”

Martinez believes the headstone may have been stolen the weekend of May 11, hours after her family celebrated what would have been Larry’s 22nd birthday.

Pena said the theft is under investigation, and officers are following up on several leads.

About the Authors

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Azian Bermea is a photojournalist at KSAT.

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