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Family and friends seek justice after deaf father shot and killed in West Phoenix

Posted: 3:29 PM, Jan 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-13 01:24:55Z
Gary Herrera and his son

PHOENIX — Family and friends are asking for justice after a father and member of the deaf community was shot and killed outside of a Phoenix apartment complex.

It happened Monday morning near 59th Avenue and Indian School Road.

Family members say 23-year-old Gary Herrera stepped outside for a cigarette break when a car with two men inside pulled up.

Police say a friend heard a gunshot and the car fled. Herrera was taken to an area hospital but died shortly after.

"He was an amazing father," said Angelica Sanchez, who has a 3-year-old son with Herrera.

"Hurt, shocked, I have no words," Jill Quiyo, who says she helped raise Herrera, said.

Loved ones held a car wash on Saturday to raise money for funeral funds.

They're asking for whoever is responsible to come forward and turn themselves into police.

"Whoever has seen something, you know what happened," Quiyo said. "Please speak about it. Please. We need justice for Gary."

Phoenix police say they're looking for an older model four door sedan with faded red paint and two African American men.

They're offering a reward of up to $1,000. If you have information, please call the Phoenix Police Deparmtent or Silent Witness by calling: 480-WITNESS.

Click here to donate for funeral arrangements.