Mother Shot To Death Defending Son
POSTED: Sunday, July 19, 2009
UPDATED: 7:30 am CDT July 20, 2009
SAN ANTONIO — A mother of three was shot to death as she tried to defend her son during an argument with rival gang members early Sunday morning, police said.
Officer Joe Rios, a San Antonio Police Department spokesman, said that Patricia Cortez’s 14-year-old son was called outside by a girlfriend at around 4:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Precious Drive. When he went out front, he was confronted by four boys, Rios said. Cortez heard the commotion and ran to her son’s aide. That’s when Rios said that Cortez was shot in the stomach. She died in the arms of her husband, David De La Cruz.
“I tried to pick her up and I felt the hole, and I said, ‘Honey, you’re hit.’ She was just looking down at the street,” De La Cruz said. Rios said that officers are looking for five people, including the girl who made the call asking Cortez’s son to come outside.
Note: This is a family member of a couple in our church life group. The life group is a family entity in the richest of definitions and the “family” will be feeling Mike and Veronica’s pain of loss, frustration and anger at this unrighteous act of murder. Pray for Mike and Veronica as they navigate through troubled waters.