This week's double homicide in San Jose has hit the South Bay especially hard because it left three children orphaned.
Even seasoned investigators are finding themselves emotionally touched when they hear that the young children were found crying on their front porch minutes after both of their parents were shot and killed by an intruder.
It was before dawn Monday, when someone walked into Marybel and Pedro Jimenez's home on North 7th street and shot them. Neither survived.
Members of the SJPD said while homicide detectives "continue to work tirelessly to locate and arrest the suspect, other officers within the department have expressed a desire to help" the family.
Now, the department's union, the San Jose Police Officer's Association (POA), set up a Victim's Assistance Fund on behalf of the children.
The fund gives the public a way to give financial support to the children. The money will buy clothing, housing, food, school supplies and any other needs that comes up.
The department is also holding an internal fundraiser with all the money going to the kids.
Members of the public wishing to make a donation may do so on-line at www.sjpoa.com. Checks can also be sent to the following mailing address:
1151 North Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Please make checks payable to:
SJPOA - CF and indicate "Jimenez" on the memo line.
And while the police union reaches out to the family, police detectives continue to fan out to find the killer.
Investigators identified a suspect Wednesday.
San Jose resident Pedro Castellon Medina, 31, is believed to have headed for Southern California or Mexico. Possible destinations include Los Angeles, San Fernando or San Diego.
Detectives believe the suspect may be driving a black 2006 Nissan Maxima with license number 6TIW691
He has some unique tattoos pictured here. Medina could possibly be traveling under aliases, police said. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Family told NBC Bay Area on Monday the couple was on-again, off-again since high school and had recently got back together. They also said they believed the suspect, Medina, was a jealous ex-boyfriend.
The shooting was the 21st and 22nd homicides in San Jose this year.