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Victim's Family: San Jose Man Killed by Son

Shooting was San Jose's 35th homicide of 2013



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    "It just hurts so much to see my father just laying there and I can't bring him back. So it really really hurts," Priscilla Ayala said as tears fell down her cheeks.

    Ayala and her sister Vanessa Lizotte say losing their father 46-year old Tony Zumini is a crushing blow.

    They looked up to him as a role model and with great respect.

    "I just really can't believe that this has happened to be honest with you and a lot of hearts are going to be broken over this," Vanessa Lizotte said.

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    What's even more devastating, the family tells NBC Bay Area, the person who killed Zumini was his own son - 26 year old Andy Zumini.

    The family says the two had an argument and then Tony was shot outside of his home near the corner of Capitol Avenue and Gilchrist Drive Friday night.

    "It just happened so fast that we don't know what really happened. I got a phone call from my mother just screaming and I rushed over and that's what happened from there," Ayala said.

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    Candles and a picture of Zumini and his dog were placed near the area where he took his last breath.

    While investigators are not confirming Andy Zumini is in custody, the family says he's being held by San Jose Police.

    "I'm still in shock. I can't really believe it. I feel terribly, terribly bad for my mother, that's been her soulmate for the longest time," Lizotte said.

    Zumini was the father of ten children. His two passions: fixing up vintage cars and then selling them at auctions and rescuing stray dogs off the streets. Ayala and Lizotte say they want to carry on their father's legacy.

    "We want to carry on his good name. Hopefully we can live up to his standards that he had for himself," Lizotte said.

    The family will be holding a candlelight vigil in front of their home on Sunday night.