Valley woman loses twin in senseless crime

Posted at 9:07 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 00:59:22-04

Gone in an instant, Horacio Pena's life was snatched from him, and now his twin sister is opening up about what happened.

"Right now, I’m not upset at the person that caused him to pass away," said Nancy Pena, Horacio's sister. "I'm just very glad he got to accomplish what he set out to do."

Nancy said her younger brother, by about 30 minutes, struggled almost since birth. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, and he battled mental issues the rest of his life.

“They labeled him a lot, he was bipolar, schizophrenic, it was just so many things," Pena said.

Nancy said Horacio loved sports, especially the Diamondbacks, Coyotes and Cardinals. She says it's where he felt a part of something and not labeled or judged for his disabilities.

"He would be the first one to wish me happy birthday. His cards were always full of love. He knew his limitations," Pena said.

As for what happened on Saturday, his sister said it's a mystery to her.

Police said Horacio was walking to his car, outside of his house, when he was shot several times near 67th Avenue and Thomas.

Nancy said Horacio had no known enemies, and she thinks it was a completely random crime. But she wants to thank everyone who has come forward to help them in this difficult time.

Phoenix police said there are no known witnesses to the shooting, but one person reported seeing a Lincoln or Cadillac vehicle driving away shortly after the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-Witness.