At a press conference, the FBI announced that it is giving a reward of
$ 10,000 to find the perpetrators of the murder of a Hispanic couple and the serious gunshot wounds inflicted on their 3 children, ages 15, 12 and 9, respectively.
According to authorities, in the early morning of July 4, María and Francisco González were driving their Dodge Durango pickup north on Homer Street, when apparently several vehicles were behind the Hispanic family’s car, which is why María told her husband to get out of the way for the other cars to pass.
However, it is believed that from the last vehicle someone started shooting, killing the Hispanic mother instantly, and injuring the rest of her family.
Tragically, Francisco spent several days fighting for his life in the hospital and on the day of his wife’s funeral he died. The couple’s children recovered from the gunshot wound, but sadly lost their parents.
During the press conference, FBI Detroit Special Agent Steven M. D’Antuono stated that perhaps there may be people who are afraid to contact the police because of their immigration status, but that is not something the FBI cares about.
“We want to solve this crime so that there is justice for this family,” said the FBI agent.
Meanwhile, Detroit Police made a special appeal to the Hispanic community in southwest Michigan to help solve the crime.
Edgar González, María and Francisco’s nephew, had the opportunity to speak at the press conference and with a broken voice said what his family is experiencing is something unexpected, especially for people who only worked hard and cared about their children and get ahead, like any other individual in this world.
“No one in my family thought that something like this would happen,” González said.
González stated that, at this moment, what his family wants is closure. “We all know that that person or those people do not deserve to be on the street and any information they have will help.”
Meanwhile, Detroit Deputy Police Chief David LeValley said there were some important leads from security camera footage, but he believes the $ 10,000 reward will help find the perpetrators of this murder.
According to police, the suspect vehicle is believed to be a newer model, dark-colored Ford Escape.
However, anyone with information should call the Detroit Police Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up. The identity of the person giving the leads is to be kept anonymous.
On the other hand, if you want to help the González family, you can make a donation to the GoFundMe account https://www.gofundme.com/f/qx468-support-the-gonzalez-family