Unsolved Files: Colton Cavazos

19-year-old Colton Cavazos was fatally shot in the chest with an assault rifle in a parking lot of a local apartment complex back in November of 2016.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - 19-year-old Colton Cavazos was fatally shot in the chest with an assault rifle in a parking lot of a local apartment complex back in November of 2016. Police on the scene had said there were several witnesses to the crime, but to this day his case remains a mystery.

Sally Rowsey, Colton's mother, said, "when Colton and I were together, it was almost like no one else was around."

"He had the biggest smile.  He could light up the room. He was a good kid. He was going through his struggles like every teenager," said Chris Cavazos, Colton's father.  "He found his first girlfriend he was starting to fall in love with. You could see the difference.

Sally Rowsey said, "it's almost like every time I realize he's not going to come back, that I shake myself to the core again."

More than a year has gone by, and it has not gotten any easier for the family of Colton Cavazos.

Rowsey said, "I still wait for a phone call, I still wait for a text. Those are habits you just can't change."

In Sally's phone, she showed us an example of the bond shared by the mother and son.  She said, "he would call me and talk, I love you.  I love you more."  It would be the last text message she would receive from Colton.

Hours later on November 14th, 2016, at the young age of 19 Colton Cavazos was gunned down outside of the Marbella Apartment Complex on Weber Road. 

Rowsey said, "At 3 in the morning I got a call at the house. It's my father, and he's saying you need to come to the hospital, Colton has been hurt.  It doesn't matter how fast I drive, Colton is dead."

Chris Cavazos said, "he's already cold, already gone.  They tell us we can't touch him. We can't hold him."

Colton's parents say several people witnessed the fatal shooting.  His mom told 3News, her son thought he was going to get into a fistfight.  She said the people who called him to go outside had sent a Snapchat telling other people to show up and that something was going to happen.

Sally Rowsey said, "you see my son in the video, shake his head and say ok.  As he walks to where he was supposed to get into an altercation, he was shot in the chest."

Brianna Garcia, Colton's girlfriend at the time said, "it was a matter of seconds when it happened."
Garcia was there the night he was killed.  She said, "I just heard gunshots, and it didn't stop for a long time."

3News sat down with her and some Colton's friends who are still left with questions and are always heartbroken.

Samantha Garcia, Colton's sister, said, "it hurts that people out there know, and it hurts that there are mothers who know.  The mothers of these kids out there, they know."  The case, however, has gone unsolved for over a year with no arrests. 

Colton's parents said they've been in touch with the detective working the case and believe it's just a matter of time before an arrest is made.

Detective Jason Smith with the Corpus Christi Police Department told 3 News that he has spoken to several people about the crime and confirmed there are two videos of the incident.  "Obviously, we haven't interviewed the correct person yet, we will in time, " said Detective Smith.  "I just got a lead here about a month ago. We are following up on that, and I consider it promising at this time." 

Chris Cavazos said, "we are going to press on, keep on as long as we are alive.  Whoever is out there and thinks they got away, there's not a chance in hell."

Not giving up hope on the search to bring his killer to justice.  Sally Rowsey said, "I'd like people to know that he was the sweetest young man with so much potential.  I pray someone will come forward and do the right thing and let us have that closure."

If you can help solve this crime, call Corpus Christi police at 886-2600.

If you have an unsolved file you would like us to look into, contact reporter Bill Churchwell at bchurchwell@kiiitv.com.

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