Family of Lockney murder victim speaks out - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Family of Lockney murder victim speaks out

MaryJane and Jackie McGowan MaryJane and Jackie McGowan

Kechi Diaz's brother and sister-in-law, Jackie and MaryJane McGowan, are still in disbelief over what happened over the weekend. They say it's hard to believe they'll never speak to their sister again. However, most of their heartache is for Diaz's four young children who will never see their mother again.

"Her favorite thing was to spend time with her kids, which now she'll never get to do again," Jackie McGowan said.

They say their family is still trying to grasp that Diaz was murdered.

"It's surreal. It doesn't feel like she's gone and what would possess anyone to do something like this," MaryJane McGowan said.

The family says Kechi Diaz was a caring mother who loved nothing more than being with her four children.

"She was a wonderful, loving, sweet person, kind, she lived for her kids," Mary Jane McGowan said.

Now these children are left without a mother and this family is desperate to find out what led up to Diaz's death.

"You think why, why would someone want to do something like this," MaryJane McGowan said.

Authorities say 50-year old Edward Delgado Hernandez killed Diaz early Saturday morning. He then called 911 to turn himself in. When authorities arrived at Hernandez's home, they found Diaz's body in the kitchen.

"I want him to know that he took a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend. And that's something that will never be replaced," Jackie McGowan said.

Right now, it's unclear how Diaz and Hernandez knew each other, but authorities believe they may have been dating. Hernandez has spent time behind bars in the past. He is a registered sex offender and was convicted of sexually assaulting a seven year old in 1986.

Now this family is determined to bring Hernandez to justice.

"We're going to fight this all the way to his sentencing... I'm going to miss my best friend to be honest. That's something I can never get back," Jackie McGowan said.

Hernandez was arrested on Saturday morning. He is being charged with murder and is being held in the Hale County Jail on a $500,000 bond. 

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