Homicide victim's family searches for answers about tragic death - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/4/10

Homicide victim's family searches for answers about tragic death

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The family of the Lubbock man police found dead in his car early Tuesday morning is asking why someone would kill their loved one. The medical examiner ruled the death of 34-year-old Stanley Lynn Rodriguez a homicide. He was shot once in the head.

His family says he works the night shift at a local cotton plant so for him to be out during the early morning hours was normal, but his family woke up to the shocking news that he would never come home.

Victoria Benavidez starts each day with scripture, but Tuesday morning was unlike any other.

"When I saw the police man at the door I had a bad feeling," she said shocked to hear something no mother should. Someone killed her son Stanley.

"It's shocking. I sit here and it's a dream. I'd never expect something like this to happen," said Stanley's younger sister Veronica Rodriguez. For some unexplainable reason Rodriguez was shot which leaves his family with many unanswered questions.

His family describes Stanley as a fun loving devoted family man who loved football and served his country for five years.

"He was in more danger serving our country than here, but to find out something like this could happen is cruel," said his older sister Marilyn Espinoza. "He has kids, a wife and a family and we just want to know who would hurt him."

What is saddest, his family said, is Rodriguez will not see his three sons, ages 10, 3, and 18 months, grow up.

"I miss him and I love him. I just want justice to be served," said Rodriguez's younger sister Veronica.  

This family said it is prayers that will get them through such a trying time as they try to search for some answers.

"I'll just remember he is in a better place. I'm going to miss him a lot," said the victim's mother.

Rodriguez would have celebrated his 35th birthday Saturday, August 7th.

If you know anything about this crime, the victim's family and investigators ask that you call CrimeLine at 741-1000.

A patrol officer found Rodriguez in his car near the Canyon Lakes system just after 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. Detectives collected evidence at the scene and continue to search for more information.

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