Family Petitioning to Shut Down After Hours Club

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - Family and friends protested at the site where their loved one was gunned down.

You'll remember, 17-year-old Martin Blea Jr., was shot outside of the Pussycat Lounge in Ector County. Now the family wants the lounge shut down for good.

"We want the community to take a stand because if we all come together and say 'hey we want you out,' we can do it," Linda Blea, Martin's sister, said.

Linda and several others are on a mission.

Her brother, Martin, was shot and killed outside the Pussycat Lounge back in May.

Linda believes her brother's death could've been prevented.

"Minors are being allowed to come into these places and it's not right, it's not right at all," she said.

On Friday night, family and friends protested outside the Lounge in hopes of grabbing some attention.

"We're just out here because we want to let the public know exactly what is going on at these clubs," Linda said.

The Pussycat Lounge is an after-hours club.

"They open at two or four and they stay open until six," Linda said. "They don't sell alcohol but you can bring it in."

She said even without a serving permit, problems still happen.

"Fights in the parking lot to getting pulled over and being drunk," Linda said. "Young ladies being taken advantage of, it's going that far."

Now she said it's time to put a stop to it.

"Why have this? Why worry about this?" Linda said. "Let's just get them out of here once and for all and let it be the end of it."

Linda hopes parents will hear and help spread the message.

"Who knows where your teenager is at?" she said. "He (Martin) was supposed to be staying the night with a friend. Your kid could be staying the night with a friend too."

She hopes her experience of losing her brother will open the eyes of other teens.

"You can't be with them all the time but just talk to them and let them know how serious it is," Linda said. "One night of fun could be the end."