The family of a murder victim hopes a substantial reward will generate new leads in the two-month-old case.
Dalia Gutierrez-Sanchez was shot and killed outside her south Nashville apartment on August 24, 2012.
Her twin sons, Lee and Josh, who chose not to reveal their last names to Nashville's News 2 due to the violent nature of the crime, are offering a $10,000 reward to find their mother's killer.
“We've been waiting patiently. I just feel like two months is far too long,” Lee said. “We want justice to be served.”
Josh added, “And we're not going to stop. We're going to keep pushing until we know who did this.”
Gutierrez-Sanchez was a mother of three. She participated in pageants and worked for Gaylord Opryland before becoming a State of Tennessee correction officer at Riverbend Prison. Her work with the state is what prompted her move to Nashville.
According to Metro police, the 43-year-old was coming home from work around 4:30 a.m., when she was approached by a gunman in the parking lot of Longwood Apartments on Wallace Road. The two fought. Gutierrez-Sanchez was shot, and the gunman fled on foot with her purse.
“I think it was more personal than anything for someone to shoot my mother three times,” Lee said of the crime.
Since then, investigators have received few leads in the case and do not have a clear suspect description.
“They say the suspect was last seen on Wallace Road,” Josh said, “and we just want answers.”
The apartment doorstep where Gutierrez-Sanchez was found shot is visible from many neighboring apartments with access to several busy roadways.
It is less than 100 yards from Wallace Road and less than a block from Southern Hills Medical Center and Nolensville Road.
Lee and Josh feel strongly there are witnesses out there.
“That's why we put out the $10,000 reward, so somebody will come forward,” said Josh.
“It's not going to bring back my mother, but it'll make us sleep better at night and make us move forward,” added Lee.
The $10,000 reward is being offered for 30 days, in addition to a $1,000 reward by Crime Stoppers.
Anyone with information is urged to call 74-CRIME.
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