Last Friday Lubbock Police found 39-year-old Armando Ybarra stabbed to death under a tree in downtown Lubbock. Police continue to check leads, but still have no suspects. NewsChannel 11 sat down with his family, as they come to terms with this devastating loss.
"My tio was there for me, when I needed to talk with someone, he was there, he would show us right from wrong," says niece Sabrina. Sabrina lost her uncle, and a friend last Friday. It was a gruesome crime, when investigators found the body of Armando Ybarra on a downtown Lubbock street corner stabbed to death.
For his younger sister Linda, the news of his death was impossible to bare. "He was a good uncle, he loved my kids, he was a wonderful father, he loved his girls so much, he'd do anything for his girls," she says. Armando, lovingly known as 'tio Mando,' was a family man. He had 13 brothers and sisters, 32 nieces and nephews, and he was close to every one of them.
"Anything you ever needed, wanted, a kiss a hug, a dollar, go to Tio Mando, he'd get it for you. Someway, somehow, he'd get it," says sister, Linda. In 1999, Armando was in a terrible car accident, soon after he had problems remembering things and people, but his sisters said it still didn't stop him from enjoying life. "He loved having a good time, dancing, laughing, joking," Linda says.
"If he didn't drive with someone, he would walk- he can't drive anymore, not that he can't but he's disabled, he sees double and stuff like that," says sister, Juanita. His sisters think Armando was targeted, not by a stranger but by a friend. "Someone he knew was with him, and it was that person, that's what I feel. It was not one person, it was more than one, it had to have been, that's not Mando, you don't do that to him, to get that close to him, and for him not to be able to defend himself, that's just not him," says Linda.
The Ybarra family is overcome with sadness and anger, but they believe Lubbock Police will find the killer. "A part of me wants revenge, a big part of me, but I have faith that the police will find this person and he will be taken care of. They will be taken care of," says Linda.
If you have any information about Armando Ybarra and his whereabouts please call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.