By Christie Post - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Family and friends buried Stanley Rodriguez on Saturday instead of celebrating his 35th birthday.
A patrol officer found Rodriguez' car in the 2600 Block of Canyon Lake Drive in the early morning hours of August 4th. He died from a single gunshot wound to the head. His family says he worked the night shift at a local plant. Stanley Rodriguez was a husband and a father of three.
With no clues in this case, Rodriguez's mother, Victoria Benavidez, plans to wake up every morning and walk three miles until she finds justice. Benavidez says with every step she takes she will relieve stress from the situation she faces.
"It's hard for the kids now because they're waiting for daddy to come home," says Victoria. "And that's why I said 7 a.m. I will be here because that's what time he gets home."
Rodriguez's favorite movie Forest Gump inspired Benavidez to take her own journey and find justice for her son. "I feel he's walking with me. I can hear his voice saying mom it's alright. I'm in a better place, I will see you later," says Benavidez
The Canyon Lakes park is a familiar place for Benavidez and Rodriguez. They both used to walk up and down the lake almost every day. "He used to walk here with me and sometimes he would go ahead of me and I'd say hey hold on," says Benavidez. She says she does not know what he was doing there the night he was killed.
Now memories linger of the good times as Benavidez takes steps to push out the recent hard times. "I feel at peace. He left us, this world here. And the coward who did this, like I said I forgive him. I hope he understands not to hurt others like this, especially a father with three babies," says Benavidez.
Rodriguez's mother will walk three miles a day, seven days a week until justice is found. "I'm just going to go until I find justice, even if it takes me four or five years. I'm 62 and I'm still going to walk," says Benavidez.
If you have any information or tips that may help the investigation you are urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.
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