Family honors teen, seeks justice

Emily Martinez

Playing with his sister, 17-year-old Emily Martinez, is now impossible for 9-year-old Jose Fuentes.

"She would dance with me, she would do funny stuff, she would joke around with us (and) she would scare us," Fuentes said.

The family gathered Saturday and released white balloons in the air to honor the teenager that was killed on June 27.

"I love her and I miss her," Fuentes said.

The grieving family also lit candles and held posters with her image, all to pay their last respects at the very spot where Emily died " the intersection of Diaz and Robertson Streets.

The family said they will never forget the day they got word that Emily had been struck and killed by a driver, as she jogged just minutes from her home.

"Everyone was crying; we were all crying a lot, they didn TMt let her go with my sister," her mother Laura Martinez said.

Saturday they summoned courage to hold back the tears, as they continue seeking justice for Emily.

The elderly man that hit the teen was not charged with any wrongdoing, and San Benito Police have ruled the case an accident.

I want jail time. He can TMt be driving; he can TMt run someone else over just because he TMs of an older age, Martinez said.

The heartbroken mother said now the corner of Diaz and Robertson brings unimaginable pain to her.

It TMs very hard, my daughter went out to exercise and never came back, Martinez said. There are no words to express the pain I am going through."

Laura said her daughter is smiling and looking down on her, and is happy that through her death she was able to save lives.

What makes me even more proud of her is that she saved lives, Martinez said. She donated her organs. She saved 8 lives and changed hundreds of people TMs lives.

People kissed and consoled the grieving mother Saturday as they dropped off roses at the makeshift memorial.

It TMs very hard not to be able to hear her, or touch her, she would always tell me how much she loved me, Martinez said. It TMs very hard for me.

"She's in heaven now and she's happy there," her little brother added.

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