'Life is never going to be the same': Parents on son's unsolved murder
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Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Ricardo Varela would have been 20-years-old this year and in college. But those dreams, are now just wishes because his life was cut short by a bullet of a drive-by five years ago.
"How do you move on, wake up and not see your child," said his father, Robert Varela at an anniversay memorial for his son.
A day, his parents remember like it was yesterday.
"I thought the toughest day was going to be burying him, but it's not, it's living every day without him -- and these years passing by knowing that he would have graduated by now," he continued.
Varela was shot in front of his grandmother's house on February 3rd, 2008 when someone fired several bullets from an SUV traveling down a street in the old Pascua Neighborhood.
One bullet hit the teen in the head, and he died the next day.
"There's always a part of us that's not going to be there, life is never going to be the same," said his mother, Lisa Varela.
And to make matters worse, after five years, still no sense of justice or closure.
Tucson Police say they are no closer to catching Ricardo's killer today than when he passed away.
9OYS's Alexis Fernandez asked his mother: Knowing that the killer is still out there, what has that been like as parents?
"I cant really sleep at night, it's more of wondering somebody out there did something to my son and I don't know who it is," she responded.
Today, the family is mourning their lost son yet again, remembering the things he loved, like music and playing sports with his younger brother, Rene.
"I remember him just doing stuff with me, used to always go play kickball at the park, like a family, if somebody was sad he would go cheer then up," he said.
A smile, they say drives in the search for his killer, a search his mother is sure someone can help with, if they only conjure up the courage.
"I think somebody in that neighborhood knows something, how can you not know," she said.
If you have any information about the shooting you're urged to call 88-Crime.