STOCKTON -- A shooting victim's family is offering a $100,000 reward for information that can lead Stockton police to his killer.
A sister fought back tears one week after learning her brother, Jose Pablo Flores Martinez, had been shot to death in his car in Stockton.
“He was a good person,” said Annallely Flores at a press conference. “He didn’t hurt anyone and ... we don't deserve to die that way."
A friend interpreted for Flores as she told reporters her 24-year-old brother was a son and an uncle.
He was wrapping up an evening of Bible study and dinner at a friend’s house when his night took a deadly turn.
Stockton police say Martinez was gunned down in his car last Wednesday, marking the 18th person to die by homicide in the city this year.
They still don’t know the motive behind what happened. So Martinez's family is hoping the money will encourage people with knowledge of the crime to come forward.
“We want to give them a motive to talk. It’s sad that you have to be paid to do what you’re supposed to do,” Flores said.
The family is offering the astonishing reward for answers to explain why someone would want to kill Martinez.
“This is the largest amount of reward money that I can remember ever being offering in a case here in the city of Stockton. And we’re hoping that because of that large amount, people that normally won’t cooperate with investigations, won’t talk to law enforcement, maybe they will now,” said Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva.
While loved ones are deeply saddened by their loss, they’re hoping new information will give them some closure and spare another family from the pain.
“Money’s not going to bring him back, but (the family) is hoping that person who did this to (their) brother doesn’t do it to another person,” Flores’ friend said.
Along with the $100,000 the family is offering, Stockton Crime Stoppers is also adding $10,000 for answers. That brings the total reward amount to $110,000 to anyone with information leading to an arrest.