Family pleads for help in unsolved, South Side murder - Tucson News Now

Family pleads for help in unsolved, South Side murder

Gilbert  Salazar's brother, Patrick, and mother, Eleanor Herrera Gilbert Salazar's brother, Patrick, and mother, Eleanor Herrera

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Was Gilbert Salazar simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was shot and killed Sept. 15 in the 900 block of East Drexel Road?

Or was he the victim of something else, something more calculated, more sinister? 

Whatever it was his family is looking for answers. That's why they're asking the public for help.

Although he lived with a disability that made things difficult at times, Salazar lived a good life.

He had a loving family who'd regularly check up on him.

He also had a beautiful little girl, who he couldn't help but brag about.

"I said, 'You be good to your daughter because that's the only little girl you're ever going to have...so you be good to her,' " said Eleanor Herrera, Salazar's mother. 

"He said, 'OK, Mom.' and he hung up."

That was the last time she heard her son's voice.

The next day, at about 8 p.m., Salazar was shot and killed a hundred feet from his home on East Drexel.

Witnesses say they saw a lighter-colored truck drive by as he was talking with a group of people outside the house next door.

That's when shots rang out.

And Gilbert Salazar was killed almost instantly.

"I don't like guns or anything, but I can tell you this is a targeted shot. This was directly for him," said Patrick Salazar, Gilbert's big brother.

Patrick said there's more to his brother's death than just a random, drive-by shooting.

He said Gilbert had problems with some people who'd been harassing him. One even threatened to kill Gilbert.

Whatever the cause, Patrick is pleading for the public's help.

"I miss him," he says, tears welling in his eyes.  "He was my only brother.

"Tucson seems to be like a big town, but it's not really a big town, somebody knows about this," Patrick said. "And I'd really, really appreciate it for his (Gilbert's) daughter to find out who did this."

Call 911 or 88 Crime if you have any information. A reward up to $1,000 will go to the person whose tip leads to an arrest in this case.

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