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KOLD EXCLUSIVE: Son of man killed in road-rage incident speaks out

Hamza Padilla talked about the death of his father Martin, who was shot in a road-rage incident in Marana on Friday, June 30. (Source: Tucson News Now) Hamza Padilla talked about the death of his father Martin, who was shot in a road-rage incident in Marana on Friday, June 30. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Hamza Padilla watched his dad die in the parking lot of a Marana shopping center less than a week ago.

Martin Padilla was shot twice Friday, June 30, in what police are calling a road-rage incident.

With his family's permission, the 15-year-old Hamza spoke exclusively with Tucson News Now about that day.

Hamza said he was the one driving the car when all started. He said his father was in the passenger's seat while his three younger siblings were in the back.

They were on their way to Burger King. Hamza said the car behind him was tailgating. 

"Every turn  I was waiting for my right of way. He kept honking his horn. We were going to let him go first. but he pulled over in front of us and blocked off our exit." 

He said things quickly spiraled out of control. Padilla and 26-year-old Marcus Dickson, the driver of the other car started fighting. 

"Quickly I heard the shots. I was trying to get my brothers and sister to look away." 

He saw his dad lying on the ground. 

"I knew he was gone but I had my doubts," Hamza said. "The hardest thing was having to tell my mom, 'dad got shot today.'" 

Dickson has been arrested on a manslaughter charge in connection with the shooting.

Hamza said his dad, who was buried on Wednesday, July 5, was very loving and had a kind spirit.

He also said his father always made sure he and his siblings were safe, even in his final moments.

"He looked at our car and he looked from my side all the way to down to where my brothers and sisters were to make sure we were OK," Hamza said. "Then he looked up and died."

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Hamza said he forgives Dickson, but he wants to know why it had to happen.

"Why were you doing this to our family?" he said. "Why did you have to be so aggressive that day? Why did you have to honk the horn that day when we were only following the law."

There is a GoFundMe for the Padilla family: https://www.gofundme.com/assist-family-of-slain-us-vet

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