BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - Terry County authorities suspect a fatal shooting early Monday morning is a case of retaliation against the wrong person. Police say the 25-year-old victim was shot just before 1:00 a.m. Monday at his home in northeast Brownfield.
Pete Martinez died a short time later at Brownfield Regional Medical Center from a gunshot wound to the neck. Investigators suspect his death is connected to an armed robbery just a block away from the crime scene, and police say the victims of the robbery could be suspects in the homicide.
Authorities have questioned some people, but they're still looking to question others. Martinez's family hopes those responsible for their son's death will learn from his life. "All I remember is hearing two shots. The second shot hit him and killed my son," Martinez's father Pete Martinez Senior said.
Martinez Senior tells NewsChannel 11 that he was already in bed when his wife told him to come get their son who was involved in argument with a group of people outside their home. "Several people showed up at the scene there," Brownfield Police Chief Tony Serbantez said.
While Martinez was not considered a suspect in the robbery by Brownfield Police, Serbantez says it appears the victims of that robbery went to the Martinez home, with five others, to find the person who was responsible. Shortly after, someone fired the fatal shot. "It's important for the family, as well as the suspect's family, that we locate the person responsible for this," Serbantez said.
"He was trying to change his life," Martinez Senior said. He tells us his son was involved with a program called "Plain Talk", where he would share his past experiences with the hope that young people would make better choices than he did. "Not only sharing his past experiences, but trying to give them some positive advice so they wouldn't have to go down that same road," Martinez Senior said.
Now, he's keeping with his son's mission, and hoping the people responsible for silencing his lessons will learn from them. "I'm a Christian man. I was mad, but I know that I had to forgive them. It's not easy, but I think I'm on the right track," Martinez Senior said.
Police had not made any arrests Monday night. They ask anyone with information to give them a call Brownfield Police at (806) 637-2511. Chief Serbantez tells us this is the first homicide in Brownfield in at least ten years.
A memorial fund is in place to help the Martinez family with funeral arrangements. Donations will be accepted at Lone Star State Bank in Brownfield.
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Brownfield Police investigate deadly shooting
Brownfield Police continues to seek suspects in an early morning shooting that left 25-year-old Pete Martinez dead.