Family makes plea in loved one's murder
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The family of a South Florida man who was found dead in an alleyway is making a passionate plea.
The last time anyone ever heard from Max Lopez was on Friday afternoon, on Dec. 7. "He called me Friday afternoon telling me, 'Brother, I want to see you.' I told him, 'Wait till I finish working.' I couldn't talk any more," said Lopez' brother Jose.
Ernesto Blanco found Lopez beaten to death behind a sign on 15th and Flagler, Saturday morning, on Dec. 8. "The man was there, there was blood on the light pole and wall," said Blanco.
Lopez' wife, Melania, missed the last call he ever gave her, at about 6 p.m., the night of his murder. "I was working and a detective asked me, 'What kind of relationship I had with Max Lopez,'" said Melania.
Lopez was a construction worker. He was working for a few days on an overnight job, police said. "We do know he had some encounter with someone, and we can say that because of that Crime Stoppers tip," said Miami Police Officer Kenia Reyes. "We do know that indeed there was a struggle, and that is how Mr. Max Lopez lost his life."
Only one tipster has told police Lopez was murdered. "That person that did call gave enough information to lead us to believe that he was present at the time of the homicide," said Reyes.
Lopez and his wife had their last date at Dadeland Mall, two days before he was murdered.
Police and his family are asking for that tipster to give police a call with more information regarding Lopez' murder.
If you have any information on the murder of Lopez, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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