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Family says murder victim was killed for defending his daughter

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Joel Cunha was injured while serving in the military and went into training with the Army Reserves. Joel Cunha was injured while serving in the military and went into training with the Army Reserves.

Family members of the man who was shot and killed on Mistletoe Drive Monday night are speaking out.

Joel Cunha's sister, Kathleen Garza, says that Cunha was at a local convenience store when another man began making "disgusting" remarks to Cunha's 14-year-old daughter. Police say there was then some sort of confrontation inside the store.

When Cunha and his daughter left, Garza said that the man followed them. Garza said Cunha passed his house to avoid letting the man know where they lived. Garza said Cunha then pulled over to ask why the guy was following them, and that's when the suspect, Aldo Naranjo, started firing at Cunha.

"The guy emptied his gun on my brother. Who does that to a disabled person? And kills him in front of his daughter?" Garza said.

Cunha was shot multiple times and died from his injuries. 

Garza said Cunha was disabled, was receiving comp from the military and needed a cane to walk. She said Cunha went into training with the Army Reserves after hurting his back while serving.

Garza said her brother was "not one for confrontations."

"He was quiet, reserved, devoted to his daughter and his mother," Garza said. "He was always there if you needed a shoulder to cry on. He always tried to help anyone who needed it."

Naranjo was arrested and has been charged with murder.

Related stories: Mistletoe shooting now a murder investigation

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