Family of teen killed in west El Paso shooting speaks
Updated: Tuesday, August 20 2013, 10:10 PM MDT
By: Genevieve Curtis and Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas -- An 18-year-old Franklin High School student was gunned down in West El Paso Monday night and the family believes it knows who is responsible.
Isabel Nami spoke to KFOX14 about the murder of her son, Saeed Nami.
"They got out of an Impala vehicle, they walked to his car, they actually walked to his car and they start shooting him," said Nami.
Nami said her son was sitting in the backseat of his car talking to his girlfriend; the car was parked in front of a friend's home. Eyewitnesses said two men were involved in the shooting.
She said police told her he may have been shot as many as nine to 10 times.
Saeed was shot to death at Palo Verde Park Monday evening.
Nami said she was able to get a glimpse of her son.
"I don't wish that on anyone," she said.
Saeed just graduated from Franklin High School and his mother describes him as a good son with his whole life ahead of him.
"He was a wonderful kid, very happy, always happy he used to be ROTC at school, he graduated high school, he was applying for summer jobs before they killed him," said Nami.
Family members said they believe they know who is responsible for killing Saeed in broad daylight.
Nami said her son got mixed up with an older man who they said may have connections to a gang. She said the man put pressure on her son.
"Saeed tried to keep away from them, obviously they didn't leave him alone," said Nami,
In February, Saeed was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. The indictment alleges Saeed delivered cocaine to another person on multiple occasions. He had a hearing scheduled for Aug. 28 with a trial set for Sept. 27.
Nami said that's what caused her older sons and her family to feud with the man they believe was giving drugs to Saeed. That eventually led to one of Saeed's older brothers being stabbed and another time someone tried to run over another one of Saeed's brothers.
Nami said her family received numerous death threats and she said Saeed was afraid. Nami said she asked for help but no one would listen.
"They threatened him. They threatened to kill him. Today, my son is dead -- dead because we have asked the police to give us protection. Dead because we have asked the police to do something about it," said Nami.
Family members said they are still afraid, but with the death of Saeed they've chosen to break their silence.
"I'm tired, I tried with the law to get help. My son was a good boy. He started, he was starting his life he was just mixed up with somebody he didn't know who he was and now he's dead," said Nami.
Tuesday night, El Paso Police assisted Las Cruces police in executing a warrant that may be tied to the murder.
Police said they are aware of the stabbing of Saeed's older brother and it is still under investigation.
Saeed was also carrying a stolen laptop during the shooting, police said.
Police said they do not have a suspect in custody but no one in the immediate area is in any danger.
Anyone with information on the killing is asked to contact police at 915-832-4400. Callers can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward by contacting Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 915-566-8477.
Police said this is the eighth homicide of the year compared with 19 this time last year.