Family Pleads For Answers In The Homicide Of Luis Santiago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Memphis Police are looking for two men in connection to a kidnapping and homicide of a Hispanic man.

Sunday, family and friends of Luis Santiago held a justice rally in his honor.  They are pleading to the community for answers in his death. Memphis Police are looking for Kevvon Clark, 17, and another unidentified man.

Jose Rodriguez, Luis Santiago's nephew, organized Sunday's rally.

"What happened to him it's unbelievable. So everybody here claiming for justice, because that's what we need," Rodriguez explained.  "He was a very, very hard working man. He loved his son with all his heart. He use to do construction. He use to work sometimes seven days a week, Monday through Sunday."

The rally was held outside of El Mercadito restaurant. Dozens of people were in attendance, holding signs demanding justice for his death.

"I really feel upset because now it was him, tomorrow can be me or some family," said Juan Suarez, Santiago's friend.

Last Thursday, Memphis Police say two men forced Santiago and his wife, with a gun, into a pickup truck on New Willow Avenue in East Memphis.  Police say one of the suspects assaulted his wife but she managed to escape.  Rodriguez doesn't buy that story.

Our reporter asked him if he thought Santiago may have been set up.

"Yes, that's what I think. I'm not pointing my finger to somebody, and I'm not blaming anybody. But I think he was set up," Rodriguez explained.

Investigators continue to comb through the community looking for Clark and the other man inside that white Chevy pickup truck. 

"What they done, they need to pay for in jail," Rodriguez explained.

Rodriguez says Santiago and his wife have been separated for several years.  He says they were in the process of getting a divorce and Santiago was trying to get full custody of his 8-year-old son.

Anyone with information about this homicide investigation, please contact Memphis Police.


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