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Cousin says shooting victim had 'big heart,' cared for his daughter

By chirst
Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:14 a.m.
Updated Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:15 a.m.

Johnny Ray Salazar

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Anyone with knowledge of the shooting death should call the Victoria Police Department at 361-572-4200.

No arrests have been made in the shooting death of a Victoria man in the 500 block of East South Street on Tuesday.

Johnny Salazar, 31, was rushed to DeTar Hospital Navarro soon after he was shot about 8:15 p.m., but Sgt. Eline Moya, of the Victoria Police Department, said he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Robert Whitaker performed the inquest and ordered Salazar's remains to be taken to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The report from the autopsy is not complete, according to officials from his office.

Moya said police are looking for one vehicle and at least one suspect connected to the shooting.

"They do believe there is a vehicle involved and they are not releasing a description at this time ... They are trying to get what they need first before they seek the public's assistance," Moya said about the detectives. "They are following up on all of the leads."

Salazar's cousin, Malissa Ramirez, said he was a family man who loved his teenage daughter.

"He had a big heart. He was willing to do things for his family; he got things done for his family," she said.

She said Salazar grew up in Victoria and worked in construction.

"He was in and out of jail, but he got out and got his stuff together," Ramirez said. "He was just living for his daughter."

According to Department of Public Safety criminal history records, Salazar was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 1999, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2001, possession of marijuana in 2005 and manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance in 2006.





Ramirez lives next door to where Salazar was shot, but was not home at the time of the shooting. She said crime in the area is common.

"I have lived here all my life, and it has always been a bad neighborhood. I grew up here all my life - shootings and things up and down the street," Ramirez said.

Ramirez said she was shocked when she heard it was Salazar who was killed.

"I couldn't believe it," she said. "I just hope we find out who did it. It didn't have to be ugly like that it, it didn't have to go down like that."

Victoria Police Officer Heather Rodriguez said on Tuesday witnesses heard two shots fired and that it appears Salazar had an altercation with someone in a vehicle.

Salazar was found on the ground and was shot in the chest, according to a public incident report filed by the police department.

Ramirez said she did not know what started the argument.

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