Friends, family of murder victim hold benefit

October 25, 2009 8:31:45 AM PDT
Friends and family of a murder victim hope a boost in reward money will help find his killer.Luis 'Byrd' Mendez was shot and killed at an apartment complex in southwest Houston earlier this month. His fiancé says Mendez was trying to defend her from four robbers. No arrests have been made.

Yesterday, relatives held a barbecue to raise money and add it to the current reward.

"Our only reason for doing this is so these people don't hurt somebody else's kid and cause other parents the pain that we're going through," said the victim's father, Mariano Mendez.

If you have any information in the case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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