Five years after son's murder, Albuquerque father still hoping for justice | KOB 4

Five years after son's murder, Albuquerque father still hoping for justice

Kai Porter
June 13, 2018 06:55 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - June 18, 2018 will mark five years since a 27-year-old man was brutally murdered in the parking lot of a southwest Albuquerque gas station.


Michael Sanchez’s family says knowing that their son’s killer is still out there, walking free, is maddening.

"I don't want my son to be forgotten," said Richard Sanchez, the father of Michael Sanchez.

Sanchez still has a flyer of his son's suspected killer, Ricardo Villanueva-Cordova, who police believe fled to Mexico.

"I just want him to get caught. You took my son from me at 27-years-old. For nothing," said Sanchez.

Villanueva-Cordova is charged with murder, accused of stabbing Michael Sanchez to death in a gas station parking lot on Central near 98th in June 2013.          

Sanchez says his son's killing was the result of an argument over a barking dog.

"He stabbed him 28 times and left him for dead," said Sanchez.

Sanchez says he'll never give up hope Villanueva-Cordova is found and brought to justice.

"He's been lucky so far. But I think eventually he'll get caught,” said Sanchez. “And maybe we can have some closure and we can move on."

The family is offering a $2,000 reward for any information that leads to the suspect's arrest.


Kai Porter

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