Apr 19, 2013 5:48 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
MATHIS - A Mathis woman whose son was fatally shot nearly three years ago saw the suspect accused of doing it acquitted yesterday.
Damien De Leon was accused of murdering Richard Gutierrez back in July 2010, but the court found he acted in self-defense.
We talked with the victim's mother, Delia Ramirez, as she visited her son's grave today, trying to deal with the fact that the man who killed her son is free.
"Closure. That's all I wanted, just closure and justice," Ramirez says.
It's been nearly three years since her son heard a woman's cries for help one night.
But when he ran down the block and hopped a fence to help her, De Leon shot him twice.
"My son had no weapon, wasn't even wearing shoes or a shirt," Ramirez says.
De Leon claimed self-defense and the jury agreed.
Now, this mother only has pictures to show her granddaughter and grandson.
Her grandson sees the pictures and says, "That's my daddy, right grandma Delia?"
And even if it was self-defense, Ramirez still wants one thing she hasn't gotten from the shooter.
"No apology. Usually, they apologize to the victims. Not this one," she says.
So without the closure she waited nearly three years for, she kneels at her son's grave and clutches his picture.
"Because that's all I have left is memories. His pictures. He was a good kid," Ramirez says.