'This needs to stop:' Parents of murdered teen search for answers

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Days after their 19-year-old son was gunned down, the parents of Jonathan Martinez-Cruz are still searching for answers.

Parents of Jonathan Martinez-Cruz, 19, say the violence needs to end.

"I'm never going to see my son again...never. I'm not going to see a grandson," said his mother Keila Cruz.

Jonathan Martinez-Cruz was found lying in a parking lot around 10 p.m. in the 3900 block of Old FM 440. Keila Cruz says the call that she received Wednesday night is something she won't forget.

"No parent...we say this all the time but no parent should bury their kids. It should be the other way around. It's not worth it, this needs to stop," Keila Cruz said.

Jonathan, a Shoemaker High School graduate, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

"My heart is gone. Part of me is gone with him...all of us," she said.

In the days since, both parents say they have a lot of questions.

"Too many for the police, for the guy that was with him. I have so many questions I don't think they'll be answered until we hear something from them and it can't just be one question," said father Avery Wiley.

Looking over the photos of her son, Keila smiled. She says his friends have helped her grieve. A candlelight vigil was held Friday night in his memory.

"A lot of them say 'he changed my life. He told me to do things like this, like that.' That was him," Keila Cruz said. "He thought he run the show in the house sometimes, too."

In the midst of their pain, the parents are also calling on the community to end the violence. From city leaders to finding positive activities for teens to do.

"We are the adults here...they (teenagers) need help. They want us to do something and we are failing them...not just my son," Keila Cruz said.

As of Saturday night, no arrests have been made. A motive for the shooting also remains unknown.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS or the Killeen Police Department.