The family of 16-year-old Jonathan Ramos feared his killer would never be caught.
That fear has been subdued now that murder suspect, Javier Francisco Gonzalez was arrested as he tried crossing into the United States from Mexico at the Hidalgo International Bridge on Monday.
Gonzalez was charged with first degree murder for the death of Ramos.
Ramos was close with his mother.
They were very close, out of her four children, I would say he was the closest to her, cousin Lizette Munoz said.
Their bond was so close, Ramos couldn TMt stand to see his mother in an abusive relationship with Gonzalez, according to Munoz.
It was a very abusive relationship, Munoz said. She ended up in the hospital because of the beatings.
Ramos TMs mother left Gonzalez, but he didn TMt stay away long.
He went looking for her on June 26, 2011.
"He actually went up to my uncle TMs house trying to cause problems knowing that my aunt was there," Munoz said.
Ramos attempted to chase Gonzalez from the area.
A report by the Hidalgo County Sheriffs officer reveals eyewitnesses at a nearby house party saw Ramos hit by a van Gonzalez is alleged to have been driving.
The impact of the hit caused Ramos to fly a few feet away and die.
Gonzalez left the scene before authorities arrived and wasn TMt seen for two years.
Now that he is behind bars, the family of Ramos said they don TMt have to fear retaliation.
"He is going to be behind bars for a long time, because what he did, he shouldn TMt have done to anyone," Munoz said.
The family told Action 4 News they want justice for the death of Ramos, who they said was only trying to protect his mother.
He took away a life of an innocent person that wanted to do a lot in life, Munoz said.
Gonzalez' bond is set at $1 million.