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Family Looking for Answers in Son's Brutal Murder

Angela Monroe

Family Looking for Answers in Son's Brutal Murder

CREATED Apr. 3, 2012

A family is looking for answers after their son's decomposed body was found in Sky Valley in December.
They reported him missing from Palm Springs five months earlier.
Last week, two men were charged with the murder and kidnapping of 21-year-old Shane Ayala.
But his family is still left with the question, why?
Shane Ayala's family remembers when he went missing in August.
"We worried, because it's not like my brother to not call us," said Shane's sister, Chastity Mills.
His father knew something must be wrong.
"It's just an instinct that a father goes through, and I can hear that voice even to this day," said Shane's father, Arnold Ayala.
In December, Shane's body was found by a hiker in a remote part of Sky Valley.
"There was nothing left of him, whatsoever, and what I understand is that my son was brutally beaten and burnt to death," said Arnold Ayala.
Two men, 26-year-old Andrew De Los Santos and 36-year-old Luis Diaz are now charged with his kidnapping and murder.
"I recognize them, and I've seen them, my daughter went to school with one of them," said Arnold Ayala.
But they don't know if shane knew them, or the biggest question...
"To this day we still don't know why they did it or how they did it," said Mills.
"My son was not gang related, he had no drug problems," said Arnold Ayala.
Shane's mother, Cynthia Ayala said, "He was a good kid, he didn't get into any kind of trouble, this is something that should never have happened, he didn't deserve this at all."
Shane's family put a cross near where his body was found, and remembered him.
"The perfect person, he'd always smile, he loved everybody, he always gave you hugs," said his sister.
"He was a lovable, caring young person," said his father.
"My son only lived 21 years, he didn't get to have a life, and want this to be the same thing for these guys, I want them to be tortured like my son was," said his mother.
His family wants justice, but knows that still won't bring him back.
"Now its just going to be siblings of two, including me, that's what hurts the most, and I think about that everyday, when I'm gathering with family, and its just us three, and he's not here," said Mills.
Police have not told us how they linked the two men arrested to Ayala's murder.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says if you have any information on this case, you are asked their Central Homicide Unit.