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UPDATE: Vigil held year after Las Vegas teen killed

Family pleading for tips on 1-year anniversary
Posted at 9:26 PM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 22:13:40-04

UPDATE ON MAY 15: Family and friends of Jose Alatorre gathered to remember him one year after he was shot and killed. 

The vigil was hosted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Bolden Area Command.

Police are still searching for Alatorre's killer. 

His family is hoping justice will be served. 


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Jose Alatorre, a Las Vegas valley athlete and aspiring college student, was shot and killed steps from his home last year near Washington Avenue and Decatur Boulevard.

"Everything was taken away from us, " said mom Edith Guzman. 
It was shortly after 9 p.m. on May 11, 2016.
The 19-year-old was making the short walk to his girlfriend's house.
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, an unknown male driving a black 4-door vehicle, possibly a Honda, started a conversation with Alatorre.
"He asked for somebody," said Guzman.
Seconds later, the driver opened fire. Alatorre was shot one time in the chest.  
"I was praying for him to wake up, and tell me mom, I'm OK." said Guzman. "But that never happened."
Three days later he would succumb to his injuries at University Medical Center.
"It still feels like the first day it happened," said brother Luis Alatorre. 
Despite being shot, Jose Alatorre was able to call 911 and report he had been shot. His family has never heard that call because of the ongoing investigation. 
To this day, a suspect has not been identified and the motive is unknown. 
Alatorre was killed days before graduating from Western High School.  
"He was a happy kid," Luis Alatorre said.
A memorial march and vigil is planned for May 15 at 5 p.m. on the corner of Minnesota Street and Kansas Avenue.
"For me, the worst fear is that somebody will go through what we're living," Guzman said.
Any witness or anyone else with information regarding this homicide is encouraged to call LVMPD’s Homicide Section at (702) 828-3521, or email at homicide@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.