Alice Rios and David Salas are speaking to media for the first time about the horrific experience of their son and stepson, Jesse Rios.
The 34-year old is still in critical condition at UMC after a brutal beating that happened outside the Dairy Queen on University on Feb. 1.
"On Friday, he calls me," Alice said, "and there were no calls until I heard from his sister. She told me something had gone wrong."
Jesse's step dad, David, described Rios as a kind, loving person.
"A loving son, a loving brother - everybody loved him in the family. He's just that type of nature. That's just his nature," Salas said.
Police are still searching for the suspect who used an aluminum bat to beat Rios and another Dairy Queen employee, Maria Cazarez.
They have increased the reward for information to $5,000.
But Rios and Salas say what they really want from the person responsible is answers.
"Why? Why? For the amount of money he got, was it worth it?" Salas said.
For now, as they wait for Jesse to recover, all they can do is ask for prayer.
Jesse's employer says medical expenses will be covered by Dairy Queen's insurance, but a fund has been established to help Jesse and his family with other expenses during this difficult time.
If you would like to make a donation to help Jesse and his family, you can do so at any Lubbock City Bank location.
8009 University Ave.
6501 University Ave.
5219 City Bank Pkwy
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