Family wants justice after death of 18-year-old

Family wants justice after death of 18-year-old

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LUBBOCK -

The killer is still out there. Zeke Gonzales' life was cut short, after he recently turned 18. His family wants the murderer to man up, and face the consequences.

On Tuesday night, Ruben Gonzales told his son Zeke to be careful.

"He said okay Dad, I'll be back later," Ruben said. "He never came back."

In April, Zeke had his 18th birthday.  Zeke's cousin, Israel, said he can't imagine what his uncle is going through. The family is distraught by his traumatic death. 

"I don't know the full story, but just because you had a gun he thought it was right to take someone else's life," he said.

According to police, when officers arrived on scene they found Gonzales shot multiple times in the yard at home near 48th and Avenue U. According to investigators Gonzales got into a fight and that is when those shots were fired. He later died at a hospital.

"If you're man enough to pull a gun on someone that's unarmed, take their life, you should be man enough to walk yourself to the station and turn yourself in and accept the consequences," Israel said.

Zeke's father said he realizes his son is safe now. But, he has a message for the killer.

"Your judgments on God, my son's safe now, but you took him from me," he said. "Part of my life went with him."

The family said Zeke was a good kid, and was not violent.

"He just wanted to have a good life," his dad said. "He wanted to be dependent, be on his own, have a good life but somebody cut it short for him."

No description has been released of the killer. Contact Crime Line with any info at 741-1000. 

The family has also set up a GoFundMe page to cover funeral expenses. 

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