Cruz Munster arrested in connection with May 2012 death of Jaime Bravo

SAN DIEGO - A documented gang member has been arrested in connection with the 2012 slaying of a young man who was about to become a father.

According to San Diego police, Cruz Munster has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Jaime Bravo Jr.

Bevelynn Bravo thinks of her son every day and often wears a necklace bearing his photo.

"I wear it when I'm having extremely hard days," she said.

Her son was fatally stabbed in May 2012 on 49th Street near University Avenue.

Word of an arrest does not bring comfort to the grieving mother.

"I actually have to accept that my son is never coming back. That's where it gets tough," she said, holding back tears.

Police believe the Bravo's death was gang related, but his mother, a community activist, said her son was not a gang member.

What gives her hope as she deals with her pain is her grandchild, Jaime's daughter. Jaime Bravo Jr. was killed just days before she was born.

"She has his smile, she has his eyes … she reminds me so much of him," Bravo said.

Inside her National City apartment, Bravo has a makeshift memorial to remember her son. His photos, baby shoes and even his razors fill the table to remind her of the young man she called her "pride and joy."

"When you look at your child, you think he's going to be somebody, he's going to be the best. I want him to have everything that he can in life," she said.

Police said they cannot release details about what led them to Munster, saying that information will be revealed in court.

Munster is being held on more than $1 million bail, and his next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 27.

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