Years later, loved ones still wait for answers in Stockton woman’s shooting death

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STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) -- A Stockton family was mourning the loss of a shooting victim Thursday -- four years after her death.

Lanterns lit up the dark sky in downtown Stockton Thursday at the place where family and friends say 21-year old Shylee Martinez would often come to walk.

“I hurt every day of my life," said Martinez’s mother, Crystal Rea. “She just had a good heart, very strong person and always wanted to help.”

Martinez was shot and killed while at a house party on Jill Circle back in 2015.

“I was told that it was a driveby," Rea told FOX40. "That some kids were kicked out of the house of the party and they came back and shot up the house. And she was shot and another gentleman was shot as well but he lived.”

Years later, her mother said the family is still left waiting for closure and the case is still unsolved.

“I’m frustrated, you know, I’m very frustrated because as a mom, I want to know who did it,” Rea said.

While the family said they will continue visiting this site on the anniversary of her death, they are hoping for answers that will turn the darkness into light.

“Please come forward. You might think it's something small but anything could possibly lead to another clue or to maybe who did this,” said Martinez's grandmother, Sally Verner.

“There is a $10,000 reward and you know, who knows,” Rea said. “If it was your child, you would want to know."

If anyone knows anything about this homicide case, they are asked to call the Stockton Police Department. People can always report information anonymously.


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