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Crime Trackers: Family members of murdered victim speak out after 30 years

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Eddie Sanchez, a father, husband and son, was murdered 30 years ago. Some family members have never gotten over it and want justice.

According to cold case detectives, Eddie Sanchez had his demons; he was addicted to drugs. Det. Charles Garcia is taking over the case.

“Because of that addiction and that lifestyle, it ultimately cost him his life,” said Garcia.

A family member recalled Sanchez as a “very loving, very kind, very considerate individual.”

She said she wants to remain anonymous because the people responsible are still out there.

The 31-year-old father of four was murdered on Feb. 16, 1986. His body was found near the San Xavier Mission. Detectives found tire tracks and a foot print near the body.

“I think he was extremely comfortable with the people he was around, and again very trusting of them,” a family member told News 4 Tucson. 

"I believe Mr. Sanchez knew his killer,” said Garcia.

Garcia has gone through the evidence, statements and pictures of the case.

“I think this was something that was as a result of his lifestyle that he had surrounded himself with,” he said.

Family members said he was not a violent person, yet he died a violent death. He was shot multiple times.

”He helped people," said the family member. "That is one thing Eddie would never be. Unfortunately, it was his demise as well “

Initially several agencies, such as the FBI and the Tohono O'dham police, worked on the case before it was handed off to PCSD.

In 2005, the case was reviewed again and they caught a break from a lead. However, they did not provide us a name. They said they are not willing to testify in court at this time . Without that help or assistance, the case is stalled.

Family members are pleading for help. 

“If you know anything, big or small about the parties involved, that you would be brave and have love in your heart and come forward,” said the family member.

They want people to know, Sanchez was about love and forgiveness. 

“Like Eddie, we have forgiving hearts," said the family member. "People make mistakes, and with that said, we're forgiving of whoever played parts in this case.”

If you have information, call 911. If you want to remain anonymous, call 88-CRIME.  

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