Mother seeks aid to find suspect

A year later, she still mourns son killed in shooting
2013-06-13T00:00:00Z 2013-06-13T08:21:44Z Mother seeks aid to find suspectVeronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A year after her 23-year-old son was gunned down at a south-side apartment complex, a Tucson mother hopes someone will come forward with information that will lead to the arrest of one of the suspects who is still at large.

Raymond Bracamonte was shot in the parking lot of Los Montanas Apartments, 6200 S. Campbell Ave., about 2:20 a.m. June 12, 2012.

Bracamonte and his younger brother were at the complex partying when an argument broke out between them and another group, Yvonne Valdez said.

The two brothers were ready to fight, but when the other men drew guns they "started running for their lives," Valdez said.

When Bracamonte was shot, his brother began performing CPR, to no avail.

Bracamonte was pronounced dead at the hospital. Valdez said Raymond died in his brother's arms.

One of the men wanted in Bracamonte's death, 28-year-old Alejandro Talamantes-Osorio was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border in March.

The second suspect, Arnulfo Mendoza, has not been found, and there are no updates in the case, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman.

Valdez fears Mendoza might hurt someone else.

"God forbid he do something like this to another family because the pain is so unbearable," she said.

Valdez said her tight-knit family was devastated by her son's death.

She still called her son by his childhood nickname "Bertser" and said he was always happy and enjoyed playing and joking with his young cousins. He dropped out of high school but was proud to have landed a job at McDonald's because he knew how tough if it was to get a job without a diploma, Valdez said.

After the shooting, Bracamonte's friends made T-shirts with his picture on it that said, "Everybody loves Raymond," Valdez said.

"Everybody did love Raymond and it's just hard not seeing his smile and not hearing him laugh or just being around us," she said.

How to help

Anyone with information about Arnulfo Mendoza or his whereabouts can call 911 or 88-CRIME (882-7463).

Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at vcruz@azstarnet.com or at 573-4224

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