Newly released video in the 2010 murder of an Arizona State University student show the moments before he was gunned down, all for his laptop.
Zachary Marco’s father, Daniel Marco, told ABC15 how he’s using his pain to help other families
“There’s a lot of images that will never go away,” Daniel said. His son’s murder is as painful to think about today as it was in 2010.
Zachary was studying pre-law at ASU when he was gunned down while walking along University.
“The millisecond that that bullet touched his skin, I was done defending,” Daniel said. After his son’s murder, the criminal defense attorney vowed to never defend another accused criminal.
He said the Redflex Road Camera video gives a glimpse of Zachary’s last moments and the killers.
“You can see them see him, and they pull in right behind him, and then you see the brake lights hit and they do a U-turn and come around, and all they wanted was his laptop," Daniel said.
Louis Harper and Marion Patterson were convicted of Zachary’s murder and are serving their time. But Daniel’s life forever changed and he fell into a deep depression.
“I would sit in our conference room, really, and do nothing and then go home and drink,” Daniel said.
One year passed before Daniel sought help from a grief specialist, who urged him to write it out. So, Dan put pen to pad, and his despair turned to hope in his new book.
“The title of the book is Everywhere -- No Where because, to this moment, everywhere I look I see him but I can't find him. I think that's true for everyone suffering a loss. There are triggers everywhere,” Daniel said.
Daniel said he still longs for his son’s big dimpled smile and the chance to see him once again and to share a special message.
“I'll be right there. Yup. Hold on. I'll be right there,” Daniel said.