Phoenix woman, Danielle Palacios, begs for leads in murder of fiance

PHOENIX - A Phoenix woman is determined to answer one question for her 8-year-old son: Who killed his father?

Danielle Palacios sat next to 8-year-old Chris, named after his father, and wept as she talked about the man she was planning to marry from her Phoenix home.

"The guy shot him in the heart," she said about 26-year-old Chris Palacios. "From what I'm told, Chris didn't even know he'd been shot."

Chris was killed near 27th Avenue and Buckeye Road on March 2, Phoenix police said.

He was attending a barbeque and stood up for a friend during an argument when another man pulled out a gun and shot him, Danielle told ABC15.

"There's nothing that can prepare you to tell a child--to have him scream and have him say they should have took him instead," said Danielle. "It breaks your heart."

The shooter ran away and has yet to be identified.

Another man connected to the homicide is in custody on unrelated charges, said Danielle, but he is not sharing any details about who the shooter is.

Danielle said she and Chris were planning to marry next month.

Silent Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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