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"I want justice, but justice isn't going to bring him back to me"

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Posted at 6:55 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 00:41:18-04

The family of a 65-year-old Robstown man who was murdered, and his body found Tuesday morning, spoke to KRIS 6 News.

Joggers found the body of Edward Paul Hernandez at Nueces County Park. Robstown police said Hernandez had been stabbed several times in the chest. His car was found abandoned several miles away at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Robstown.

Hernandez’s sister, Elizabeth Leal, told KRIS 6 News he was a great brother, a father to three kids, a great husband, and a family man. She also mentioned he was a hard worker, and full of life until he lost his life tragically.

“I’m heartbroken, I’m heartbroken,” said Leal. “He was the kind of man that would keep the shirt off his back to help you. That's what I want people to know, he just wasn't a nobody.”

Leal said her brother was from Corpus Christi, was a 1974 graduate of Moody High School, before he moved to Robstown and became a painter.

“He painted everything that needed to be painted in my house,” said Leal.

It was Leal’s home, where she last saw her brother over he weekend, not knowing it would be the last time.

“He drove away and I said ‘I love you, brother.’ He said ‘I love you too.’”

Leal said she last spoke to her brother on the phone on Sunday. On Monday night, he told his family he was going to grab some food nearby, and he never returned home.

Leal says she told family members to call the police, but it wasn't like her brother to just disappear. Eventually, she got the tragic news, that he was killed. Leal said she doesn’t know who or why someone would do this to him.

“Who would want to kill my brother? Who would want to murder him?” said Leal. “It kills me inside the way they killed him. I do want justice. I want justice, but justice isn't going to bring him back to me.”

“I’m lost. I'm lost without my brother,” said Leal. “I couldn't have been more blessed to have had such a wonderful brother.”

An investigation is underway. If you know anything or have any information about the homicide, you’re asked to contact the Robstown Police Department.