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Conway Family Man Killed in City's First Homicide of 2014
By JOSH BERRY | firstname.lastname@example.org
CONWAY, AR - Conway Police say Francesco Trujillo, a father of two and husband, was killed on his own front porch Tuesday (6/17) morning.
This crime is the city's first homicide of the year but that doesn't change anything for the victim's family.
It's a notable stat but one overshadowed by the death of a husband and father of two young children.
The children learned the unimaginable from family friend and local ministry Executive Director of City of Hope Outreach, Phillip Fletcher.
"Right now it's tearing up a whole family," Fletcher said.
Conway Police got the call about 1 a.m. Tuesday to Robins St. in south Conway.
There they found Trujillo shot dead and in a pool of his own blood.
It's the city's only homicide halfway through 2014.
Francesco's wife told detectives her husband was outside with some family members when she went to bed at midnight but later woke to check on him and found her husband dead.
The family members that were there told police when they left Trujillo earlier in the night, he was fine.
Conway Police say one witness mentioned hearing a gunshot and a car leaving the area.
"At this point we are continuing to interview people and follow up on any leads that we get but we do not have a suspect name at this point," Conway Public Information Officer LaTresha Woodruff said. "We talk about this being the only homicide of 2014 at this point but it's still very unfortunate."
Those who knew Francesco call his killing unexplainable and random. Something undeserved for a family and working man.
"Now you're trying to explain to the children that daddy's not coming home," Fletcher said. "[Francesco's son] said he's not even gonna make it to my birthday that's coming up. That kind of stuff is hard."
10-year-old Eric Trujillo found out later that morning that his father was killed.
"Now he's dead," he cried. "I will never forget him because he's my dad and I really love him."
He and his sister "Mimi" hope that justice is served.
"I'm gonna miss him," Mimi said. "We need to find who killed my dad."
Francesco was the family's wage earner. The family hopes to bury him in Mexico but Fletcher says they can't afford it and need help.
If you're interested you can contact City of Hope Outreach by clicking here.