Murdered son’s mother pleads for no retaliation
SAN ANTONIO - Family members of a shooting victim are calling for an end to gun violence on San Antonio's East Side.
Nineteen-year-old Edward Lopez was shot and killed Sunday. San Antonio Police are actively searching for the person who killed him, and that's exactly what the family wants; not retaliation in this case.
Edward’s family and friends gathered for a prayer vigil Tuesday night at the intersection of Pine and Nevada Streets. That's where police say Lopez was walking Sunday afternoon around 3pm when someone in a silver sedan drove up and shot him. Edward later died at the hospital.
His family wants the community to know this was not another random East Side shooting, but a precious life lost.
“He had a name. He had a family. He was loved. And that’s what I wanted. I want Eddie to be remembered as a brother, a nephew, a son,” explained family member Mona Cruz. “He’s a father, not just some guy that got shot on the East Side."
Organizers of the vigil are now calling on community leaders to step up and help stop the violence.
"This is getting ridiculous. It’s getting crazy. And they keep on saying, ‘The East Side, the East Side!’ Well, the thing is we need some leaders. Right in front of this church right here. There’s a church right here. The thing is we need some more leaders to rise up. And I keep on saying that, and I’ll continue to say that because that’s what it takes for people to rise up and speak,” said Pastor Jimmy Robles from Last Chance Ministries.
Edward’s mother made a public plea not to retaliate; instead, let police do their job. If you have information on the case that might help investigators, call CrimeStoppers at (210) 224-STOP.