Lubbock family seeks justice for cold case murder victim

Published: Jul. 31, 2015 at 3:20 AM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM CDT
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Bianca, Skelton & Perez's cousin
Bianca, Skelton & Perez's cousin

Despite more than half a decade passing, the family of an unsolved murder victim in Lubbock continues to seek justice.

Perez was only 26 years old on July 31, 2009 when he was stabbed to death in front of the Boss Office Bar in East Lubbock.

With his killer still on the loose, Perez's family says all of this is a chilling reality they wish would come to an end.

"We just need closure," said Perez's cousin, Sonia Skelton, "and we can't get that."

Perez was a father, husband, uncle and friend who many called "Payaso."

"Payaso means clown in Spanish," Skelton said, "because he was a clown."

Even though Perez went to jail at one point, Skelton said he turned his life around when he realized spending time with his family was a top priority.

"He liked to wrestle," Skelton said. "He was a big kid himself."

That is why it did not make sense to many people when Perez showed up to Boss Office Bar on the night of July 31, 2009.

"That was not his thing," Skelton said. "Anybody who knew Chris couldn't say he was ever at the club."

However, nothing made sense to Bianca Perez that night, when she realized Perez was attacked.

"I remember the people he was with," she said. "They took him to our apartment at three in the morning. They said he was stabbed, and when me and my husband went out there, he was just in his car just lying there in his truck."

They immediately began to pull his shirt back to see his injuries. That is when Bianca knew it was too late.

"By the time we got [to the hospital]," she said, "he had already passed in the car on the way over there."

Chris left behind three children, and all of his relatives were shocked.

"They're getting raised by their grandparents," Skelton said, "and they're old enough, they know he's gone."

As the days passed after the incident, the family received no word about who murdered Perez.

Those days turned into years, and now all the family has is a sketch of the suspect and a possible acquaintance.

"What if they live here?" Skelton said. "What if they're at the construction site down the street when I'm passing by, and it could be that guy that stabbed my cousin."

But on the bitter eve to six years of searching, it is clear they will never stop seeking justice for Perez.

"We need help," Skelton said. "I mean, it has been six years. We need something."

I anyone has information that can help the Perez family reach closure, they are asked to call Crime Line at 741-1000.

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