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Family of Murdered Odessa Man Pleading For Information to Find His Killer

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Out of all of the murder cases in Odessa, only one has gone without a single tip: the murder of Humberto Palma. The family is pleading for anyone to come forward with information.

"It's not fair that everyone saw in plain daylight and didn't say anything. Why? What are they afraid of? A life is very important and my son's life was even more so," Mother of Humberto Palma, Marta Palma, said.

Humberto Palma was found shot in the back of the head on the corner of 23rd and Keystone back on September 29. His killer left without a trace.

"My son was one of the best in Odessa. A hard worker," Father of Humberto Palma, Humberto Palma Sr., said.

"He was my brother, I mean, he's my big brother. Not everybody in this world has one. We valued every moment with each other and someone took that away from us," Brother of Humberto Palma, Carlos Palma, said.

It happened just before 5 p.m. when 39-year-old Humberto Palma was shot in broad daylight.

"It's not fair what they did and what's worse is they shot him from the back. They didn't give him the opportunity to defend himself," Marta said.

Police detectives have no leads on who murdered Palma and why they did it.

"Please help us. With a sketch, color of the car, color of whatever to find these people. They shouldn't be roaming our streets," Marta said.

Knowing the suspects are still out there, the Palma family wants he or she to own up to what they did.

"If he is your son, if he is your brother, and you know he did this, turn him in. You'll have your brother in jail. We don't have our brother," Sister of Humberto Palma, Yarima Palma, said.

"Show your face. You had the courage to carry a gun so have the courage to say, 'Here I am. I killed him. I'm right here. Do to me whatever needs to be done," Marta said.

Humberto would have turned 40-years-old on November 18. The family says they plan to celebrate without him.

"We're going to release balloons in the air asking God for answers," Humberto Sr. said.

Since his death, silence fills the Palma home as they pray anyone will help bring them justice and closure.

"No one comes out of that room every day, saying 'Mom I'm home! I'm hungry! What did you cook?' Now no one talks. The house is so silent," Marta said.

Again, no bit of information is too small. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for any tip that leads to an arrest. Just call 333-TIPS.

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