Mother of Homicide Victim Pleads for Help on Anniversary of Son’s Death

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MODESTO --

Wednesday marked two years since 24-year-old Frankie Vargas was shot and killed in front of his Modesto home.

Modesto police are still searching for suspects.

Frankie's mother, Kelly, says July 29, 2013, was a normal summer night for the Vargas family.  They were getting ready for dinner when violence broke out.

"We heard gunshots real fast. We jumped up and locked the door because we knew it was close," Vargas said.

Frankie was found lying in the driveway, struck by bullets from a drive-by shooter.

On the second anniversary of his death, family and friends gathered for a barbecue to pray for Frankie.

But Vargas is still filled with pain and questions.

"Nothing's changed for me.  I cry every day. I cry when I go to bed, I cry when I wake up, I cry during the day. I just want to know who took my son from me," Vargas said.

Frankie worked as a candy maker and was preparing to enlist in the army.

Vargas tells FOX40 Frankie was a good person.

"He was kind of like, their families backbone.  He was always that one to be the mellow person to try to calm things down or just the laughter of the party," said Frankie's close friend, Veronika Lutman.

Struck by Frankie's story, the Modesto Guardian Angels have stepped in to help spread the word about this unsolved case.

"There's a lot of information out there and people aren't talking. Someone knows something," said Michael Joseph, chapter leader of the Modesto Guardian Angels.

Vargas has upped the reward for information to $20,000. She collected the money on her own.

"I promise my son I won't stop, he deserves justice," Vargas said.

Modesto Police told FOX40 they are still working on the case.  Investigators will follow up on any leads they get.

Anyone with information can call crime stoppers (209) 521-4634.

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