Family of homicide victim pleads for people to come forward - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/5/10

Family of homicide victim pleads for people with information to come forward

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Thursday dive crews searched the nearby lake where Wednesday's homicide occurred, hoping to find any clues that would lead them to a break in the case. Now the family of 34-year-old Stanley Rodriguez is pleading for anyone with information to come forward.

There is still very little information about the shooting death of Rodriguez. He was found dead in his car early Wednesday morning in the 2600 block of Canyon Lake Drive.

As crews were back out at the scene on Thursday, Rodriguez's family spent the day planning his funeral. "He left behind a good wife and three beautiful children, he didn't deserve for this to happen to him, no one does," said his sister Veronica Rodriguez.

Rodriguez worked nights at Pyco, Industries, his shift was 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., but at 4 a.m. on Wednesday he was found shot to death in his car. "I believe in my heart that he picked somebody and took him home or maybe he was waiting for a friend to give him a ride, I really don't know," said his mother Victoria Benavidez.

Rodriguez's family says he still had his wallet on him and the only thing missing was his cell phone. "I mean he had to have trusted someone this person, if he was sitting in his car. I mean the way he was shot was from the passenger side," said Rodriguez.

Police released these generic pictures of the car Rodriguez was driving, and the shirt he was wearing when he was last seen Tuesday around 6 p.m. The Lubbock Fire Department's dive team searched the lake and tall grass on Thursday looking for any evidence in the case.

Rodriguez's family says they believe the person that did this was not a stranger. "We really, really want to find out who did this and we just need to find out who did it," said his sister Marylyn Espinoza. 

"Please if you know something let God touch your heart and you call," said Rodriguez.

While they hope someone will come forward. Paul Rodriguez, 10, can't help but think of his father. "I just know that he loves me and he is with God right now," he said.

Paul says he is ready to be strong. "Now I have to be the man in the house and take care of my two brothers and my mom," he said.

If you have any information on this case, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000. Remember you can remain anonymous.

A memorial fund has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses. You can donate at any Lubbock branch of Wells Fargo.

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