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Crime Trackers: Murder victim's loved ones still seeking justice

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Losing a loved one is never easy, but when it's murder, the loss seems unbearable, especially when no one's held accountable.  

Police say a man climbed over the counter at the AM/PM  at Tanque Verde and Dos Hombres just before 1 a.m. on May 17, 2013, and fatally stabbed 22-year-old Erick Bridges. The suspect has not been identified.

Bridges' worst fear became a reality, said his fiancé Christina Brown.

“He didn't feel safe working the graveyard shift there."

She spoke to him 30 minutes prior to the vicious attack.

“The last thing he said to me was ‘I love you.’ ”

His older sister, Jennifer Speece, said he was a kind soul, and always saw the good in everyone.

She says days before he was murdered, they spoke about his hopes and dreams. She had just graduated from college with a nursing degree. 

“He had finally found the love of his life and was engaged and ready to move back to Texas because he felt that Tucson wasn't a good place to raise a family.”

After he was stabbed, Bridges was rushed to the hospital. His sister and fiancé weren't far behind.

“From being in the medical world, as soon as I saw the team of doctors coming towards me I figured it was pretty serious.”

He was placed on life support. She remained at his side, talking to him.

“I told him how much I loved him, I was never gonna leave him and I wouldn't give up until I found out who did this to him.”

He was taken off life support, and true to her word, she held his hand until he took his last breath.

“He was my baby brother. I was supposed to protect him.  It was hard because I knew he came out here to be near me that made it more difficult thinking it's my fault that he's here. “

About a week after the attack, Tucson Police said they had found the killer's sweatshirt and his backpack.

“Who is going to be next,” Speece said. “What family is going to have to go through this until this person is caught.”

His family and loved ones want justice for Erick and they need your help.

“If anybody knows anything, anything at all, even if it’s something small, it could help us find out who did this,” Brown said.

If you have any information, you are urged to call 88-crime or 911.

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