Father calls for justice in son's decade-old murder
HOUSTON – A decade after his son was murdered, a Houston father continues his fight for justice.
Julian Ruiz was just a freshman when he was killed on his way to Westbury High School. Ten years later, the teen's killers have never been caught.
"Me coming over here is showing my son that I love him," Salvador Ruiz said.
He said it's proof that time doesn't always heal old wounds.
"He was just a child. Sixteen years old," Ruiz said.
On Nov. 28, 2006, his son Julian was killed in a drive-by shooting near Westbury High School.
"Julian was like any other 16-year-old. Full of life, a joker. Very easy to love," Ruiz said.
When he died, a part of Salvador Ruiz died, too.
"My whole family fell apart," Ruiz said.
Authorities charged two 17-year-olds -- Aldo Ramirez and Augustin Marquez -- believed to be in the car from which the bullet was fired. All these years later, they are still out there. There's been no trace of the pair yet, but Ruiz's resolve for justice is stronger than ever. He hopes someone who knows something will come forward.
"I do have faith in God and I've seen other cold cases because now it is a cold case. Thanks to God we do have two names," Ruiz said.
He finds comfort at his son's grave site, but he won't be at peace until the accused killers are caught.
"By no means I would ever forgive them. The killers. I would never forgive them," Ruiz said.
He will never give up, no matter who long it takes.
"I will keep fighting even until the day I die. I will still somehow look for justice," Ruiz said.
Ramirez and Marquez are suspected gang members, investigators said. Anyone who knows where they are is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.