Vigil marks 5th anniversary of unsolved murder

SAN DIEGO – The mother of Salvador Hernandez tearfully hung a sign with a picture of her Saturday just feet away from where he was killed five years ago in Oak Park.

vigil“We need the public to come forward, because if they were in our shoes, believe me, they would want answers, too,” said his mother Cathy Hernandez.

In the early morning hours of February 16, 2008, 26-year-old Hernandez and a 19-year-old woman were sitting in a parked car on Seifert Street when someone pulled up in a light-colored pickup truck and started shooting.  The woman was hit and survived, but Hernandez died.

Hernandez’s murdered remained unsolved Saturday and there were no known suspects and unknown motive.

On Saturday, family and loved ones attended evening mass at a church.  Later, a group of about 50 people returned to the memorial for a candlelight vigil.

“Each day we have to live with this burden.  Not a day goes by that we don’t think about him,” said his sister Maria Guillen.

Holding signs and wearing shirts with Hernandez’s picture, they walked around the block to remind neighbors about the unsolved murder.

The parents held Salvador’s 7-year-old son in hopes they will eventually find a measure of peace.

“[We’re] trying to keep the family together – and it’s hard,” said Salvador Hernandez Sr.

 

9 comments

  • Guest

    So sad… someone should do the right thing and come forward if they have information. How would you feel if it were your son….

  • Mosquito ESSDIEGO

    Rest in peace to da homie Wacko from da East Side San Diego Aztecas…See ya when we get there homie.Till then,we just gonna keep right on memberin ya an representin like true homies.Didn't know ya boy,but still got much love for ya an your familia …you aint forgot,believe dat !!! CON TODO MI RESPETO…YOUR G' Mr. Fly Nutty ESSDIEGO DIABLOS

  • GUEST 143

    rip sal hernandez u r missed dearly ur family is in our prayers… hope they catch the guys who did this to u… sal was never from a gang this guy busted his butt off working hard at the mall and show alll his attend to his son he never even had time for that kind of stupid self he was a very respectful MAN

  • HEART <3

    R.I.P SAL HERNANDEZ <3 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU FOR THE WARM & CARING PERSON YOU WERE….MY HEART GOES OUT TO UR MOM WHO THIS MIGHT BE A DREAM TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT HER ONLY SON HAD BEEN TAKE BY SOME ONE SO COLD BLOODED.. MAY THAT EVIL PERSON WHO HAVE TAKEN HIM AWAY REALIZE THAT EVERYDAY HE HAS TO LIVE WITH IT EACH DAY.. AND KNOWING THAT UR SON "ANGEL" WILL GROW UP WITH OUT A FATHER IS ALSO A KIDS NIGHTMARE HE MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND NOW BUT WHEN HE GETS OLDER HE MIGHT REALIZE THAT HIS DADDY IS WATCHING OVER HIM FROM A DISTANCE…. MAY SAL'S BODY REST IN PARADISE AND MY PRAYERS FOR THE HERNANDEZ'S FAMILY & SON "ANGEL"

  • Un vato

    I remember this vato from juvenile hall and camp back in 2001 He was down and he was firme. Me and wacko were firme with each other matter of fact he was more firme with my homeboy SOLO (later on killed in a drive by in 2003, of course that’s another unsolved murder). It’s fucked up that this vato was murdered and I don’t mean to disrespect anyone but these two vatos knew what they were doing, bangin. They knew the game and they were playin that game, and that’s one of the things that could happen when your in the game. And the fucked u
    RIP Salvador Hernandez
    RIP Humberto Nicolas

  • Un vato

    I remember this vato from juvenile hall and camp back in 2001 He was down and he was firme. Me and wacko were firme with each other matter of fact he was more firme with my homeboy SOLO (later on killed in a drive by in 2003, of course that’s another unsolved murder). It’s fucked up that this vato was murdered and I don’t mean to disrespect anyone but these two vatos knew what they were doing, bangin. They knew the game and they were playin that game, and that’s one of the things that could happen when your in the game.
    RIP Salvador Hernandez
    RIP Humberto Nicolas

    WIth rezpect

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