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Feb 6, 2014 7:39 PM by Lupita Murillo

Family of Anthony Flores makes a public plea for information

TUCSON - Anthony Flores was shot and killed November 16th, 2013, on the city's south side. No one has been arrested. Now his parents speak out for the first time in hopes of helping Tucson Police generate some leads.

According to police, Flores and his friends were getting something to drink at the Circle K at Campbell and Drexel. As they left the store, they were hit by air soft pellets coming from a Green SUV-type vehicle. Flores and his friends got into a pickup truck and chased it down to get a license plate number. Those pellets turned into bullets, killing 17-year-old Flores.

Wiping tears from his eyes, Dennis Flores says, " Whoever did this, please turn yourself in, it's killing me not having my son here. "

His mother Lydia Arguellez had dinner with Anthony hours earlier. " He just smiled and walked away, I said OK son I love you, God Bless you. I'll see you tomorrow."

The truck Anthony and his friends were riding in is riddled with bullet holes. Police say, he was sitting by the tailgate and a bullet went through. His father tells News 4 Tucson Crime Trackers, it pierced his heart. "My understanding, doctors cut him open, sutured up his heart and they couldn't save him after that."

Tucson Police have no motive. Sgt. Pete Dugan says, "Friends of Antonio said they did not recognize the people in the vehicle they had no idea. It appeared to be a random act."

The family is devastated. Flores had a job and planned on joining the Air Force to serve his country. His mother says, "He was full of life and wanted the best for himself and the people he cared about. "

She has a message for the people responsible. "I forgive you but God will deal with you in the end."

If anyone has information they are urged to call 88-CRIME or 911.

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