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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The family of Tomas Tovar just found out yesterday that the 36-year-old father of two was shot to death Saturday night.

"He was very calm. Very calm and just very caring and loving towards all the family. He loves everyone dearly and he had friends everywhere. He didn't live the perfect lifestyle but he had a lot of friends and people who cared for him," said his twin sister Amber as she began to cry. 

She says she knew something was wrong when she didn't hear from him Saturday, but neither she nor his sister Melissa thought it was murder. 

"My mom opened the door and I could just see it in her eyes and it was nothing good. That my brother got murdered," Amber Tovar said.

This strikes at the same time a new study shows that the murder rate among Hispanics is twice that of whites across the nation. Tovar is just one face symbolizing so many deaths in his community. His family says he was having a hard time getting back on his feet, years after serving time. They said that giving convicted felons more employment opportunities could have help him avoid tragedy.

"You know, if people aren't able to see past is in the past, and his tattoos and stuff, then I think it's important for people to still recognize the fact that there's a murderer out there. There's a shooter out there, there's a killer out there," his sister, Melissa Salazar said.

Police are still searching for a Dodge Magnum that was at the scene of the murder in the Food City parking lot near Campbell and Irvington Saturday night.  Anyone with information should call 911 or 88-Crime.

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