Family asking public for help in unsolved murder case one year later

Posted at 6:45 PM, Apr 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-22 07:34:37-04

One year later, and a Glendale family still doesn’t know why someone killed their father in his own home.

The family of Jose Sanchez, 49, is pleading for information.

April 22, 2016, Kellie Sanchez and her daughter arrived to find a crime scene at their apartment near 57th Avenue and Camelback Road.

“I arrived home, and I found my husband shot and killed in our apartment,” Sanchez said through tears.

The emotion is still raw for the family knowing that Jose Sanchez is gone, and they have no idea why.

“This is the first time my children have ever felt the biggest loss in their life. Jose was their hero,” Sanchez said.

He was a father to four and a grandfather.

“They’re not going to grow up seeing him. They took a part away from our family,” said Kandace Sanchez, the victim’s daughter.

The murder is puzzling to the family. They say Jose Sanchez liked to make people smile, and he didn’t have enemies.

“Jose was such a terrific man, and such a giving person,” said Jennie Perez, Sanchez’s sister-in-law.

At the time, witnesses told police they saw four Hispanic men in their 20s to 30s leave the scene. Surveillance video captured a white Dodge Avenger with a black top and blacked out rims leave the scene.

The family says they deserve to know what happened and why. They want justice.

“Jose was kind, and loving, and funny, hardworking, and he didn’t deserve this. We just want justice for him. Somebody knows something,” Sanchez said.

Glendale police say they have few leads to go on. Anyone who knows anything should call Glendale police or Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS to remain anonymous. A $1,000 reward is being offered.