San Jose Family Marks Anniversary of Teen's Death

By Margarita Kitova
|  Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010  |  Updated 6:19 PM PDT
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Family Remembers Loved One As They Search For Killer

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Family Remembers Loved One As They Search For Killer

A San Jose family is trying to keep an unsolved murder case alive.
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Exactly 500 balloons were set free yesterday evening in San Jose, marking the two-year anniversary of the death of Ricky Montoya Gerkin.

 
The boy's family said they will do anything to keep this unsolved case in the public's eye.
 
The teenager was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting in front of a San Jose 7-Eleven store in August 2008. Montoya-Gerkin was walking a friend home when the shooting happened.
 
His mother, Rhonda Montoya, says Ricky wanted to be a U.S. Marine and was never involved in gangs. On the night of Ricky's death, she dropped him off at Eastridge Mall because he was going to see a movie with friends. After the movie he called to ask for permission to stay over at a friend's house in East San Jose and told his mother they were going to walk to a close by convenience store.
 
The murder suspect is still at large and Rhonda Montoya hopes the sketch police released would help find her son's killer. A cash reward is offered through Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 408-947-7867.

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