Family, friends of shooting victim hold vigil: Organizers hope to draw attention to unsolved case

Salvador Hernandez fatally shot in 2008

SAN DIEGO -  

Family and friends of a man fatally shot in the Chollas Creek-area in 2008 marked the fifth anniversary of the crime with a candlelight vigil at the scene of the shooting.

Salvador Hernandez, 26, and a female companion were in a car parked in the 5500 block of Seifert Street about 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 16, 2008, when someone opened fire from inside a light-colored pickup truck that had pulled up alongside, according to Crime Stoppers.

The woman was wounded, but survived the shooting. Hernandez died from his wounds.

"You guys need to help us," said Hernandez's mother, Cathy Hernandez. "I'm pleading with you. Please, please… because this is so hard. There is no word to describe the loss."

For Cathy Hernandez, the pain over the loss of her only son is still raw.  

On Saturday evening, other families who have lost loved ones to murder marched up the hill on Seifert Street carrying candles to show support and a bit of comfort for a family still grieving.  

"Love, love and family. This is what you call a family," Cathy Hernandez said regarding the show of support.

Hernandez's father can barely speak about what happened.

"Trying to keep the family together, you know... and it's hard," said Salvador Hernandez Sr. as he choked back tears.

However, the Hernandez family did receive some good news, which was brought to them in person by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.  

"We're going to look at it again," Filner said. "We're going to look at the possibility of higher rewards. We're going to look at the possibility of opening a cold case and let Cathy Hernandez know that her son is not forgotten."

Hernandez's young son Angel said, "I really miss him so much and I'm really sad that he died. I really wish that he was still alive. I hope you have a good time in heaven, Daddy."

Crime Stoppers and the San Diego Police Department's Homicide Unit continued to seek information about the shooting, sheriff's Deputy Adriana Uribe of Crime Stoppers said. A reward of $2,200 was offered.

Uribe said anyone with information on the shooting should call the San Diego Police Department's Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293, or contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or online at sdcrimestoppers.com.

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