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Crime Trackers: Family member speaks out about her brother's unsolved murder

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As we ring in the New Year, there were more than 40 homicides in Tucson and Pima County in 2015, nine less than 2014.

Pima County Sheriff's Department reported they had 11 murders, four less than 2014. Tucson Police Department reported they had 33 homicides, five less than 2014.

One of six homicide cases that remain unsolved is the  murder of Daniel Ortega.

The 33-year-old father of two was shot on May 22. He reportedly was involved in a fight. He got in car, drove away and crashed into a utility pole at South Sixth Avenue and 30th Street in South Tucson.

88-CRIME printed fliers offering a cash reward in hopes of generating information.

The family wants justice. 

“Nobody has the right to take a life," said Sonia Martinez.

Martinez misses her big brother and wants the person or people responsible to know, “what an amazing human being they took from us, and the pain we deal with every day.”

Ortega left behind two young sons, who spent their first Christmas without their father. 

“All they wanted for Christmas was for their dad to walk through the door," said Martinez. "That's all they wanted, no toys, nothing else. [They] just [wanted] their favorite guy to walk through that door, their hero.”

Martinez said that it has been difficult trying to explain the situation to the boys.

“They will never see their dad again," she said. "To my mom, that she will never have a hug again from her son.”

That is why she's asking anyone who has information about her brother's murder to call 911 or 88-CRIME. She said they pray every day that they will get the phone call that an arrest has been made. They hope their prayers will be answered in the New Year.

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