Posted: Nov 1, 2012 5:59 PM by Rachel Cole - email@example.com
Updated: Nov 1, 2012 7:17 PM
ALICE -- Authorities said a man was beaten to death with a hammer in his mobile home Tuesday night. The suspected killer was caught in the victim's car in Premont. The victim's family is struggling to deal with the unexpected loss of Melchor Rosas Aguilar, 59. Aguilar's daughter, Ana Lillich said, he always made everyone smile. She described him as a grandfather, loving dad and incredible brother who had a kind heart.
Family sifted through photos of Aguilar's Thursday, heartbroken by their loss. Ana said it wasn't unusual for him to be gone for days at a time but when her husband Arnold Lozano went to his home to check on Aguilar he couldn't believe what he saw.
"When I came through the kitchen I looked in his bedroom and I found him laying there, scared the hell out of me," Lozano said. "The back of his skull was split open and you could see he had been beaten in the face too."
Lozano called 911 to report the death and that Aguilar's car was missing. Meanwhile, a routine traffic stop in Premont led police to that car and Luis Nunez, 41. Investigators said Nunez was covered in blood and ran from them.
Officers caught Nunez then investigators matched his bloody foot prints to those at the crime scene. Family members said, they don't know Nunez but recalled Aguilar talking about a man who asked him for a ride to the valley.
"He told him no and it might've been the same guy that came back and said I'll take the car then," Lozano said.
Lozano said, he's glad investigators caught him but he hopes the punishment fits the crime.
"He needs punishment, after the car being stolen and everything, that's capital murder, hopefully they'll give him the chair or something, he needs it," Lozano said.
Meanwhile, the family is planning a funeral and said they will miss Aguilar dearly and always remember his smile.
Luis Nunez is charged with murder and being held in Jim Wells County Jail on a one million dollar bond.
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