Sister demands justice four years after her brother's murder

Walton "Pinky" Sanchez

The date was December 23, 2008 and the time was 8:50 p.m.

Walton ~Pinky TM Sanchez met up with a friend at 2020 Joanna Street in Mission.

As the friends visited, a car pulled up to the home, Pinky left the confines of the fenced in yard and went up to the vehicle, bent down, and peered inside.

That was when his friend heard the shots ring out and the car speed away.

~Pinky TM died right there on the street.

My father died heartbroken because they took his son away, Elizabeth Garza, ~Pinky TMs TM sister, said. I'm glad that Mom wasn't here to see him because it would've broken her heart."

Garza was not there the night her brother was shot, but she has been following the case closely for four years.

She has a binder full of newspaper clippings, logs of when she called the Mission Police Department for updates, and stacks of fliers that she handed out on the street.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't shed a tear or pray that we get some justice for him," Garza said.

This case has haunted Corporal Manuel Casas for four years.

He said he was the first to arrive on scene, take statements, question people who might have known who killed ~Pinky TM and why.

"We did interviews and we took polygraphs on several people, Casas explained. We took a lot of measures to see if we could solve this case. In the end no one was able to give us any information."

As the years pass, Casas said so do their witnesses.

He said, so far, four of the elderly witnesses from that December night have died from natural causes, cancer, and other ailments.

"The more years that go by we're losing potential witnesses, Casas said. We're trying to move because the longer it takes we may lose more witnesses."

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Mission Crime Stoppers at 581-TIPS.