Crime of the Week: Murder remains unsolved

Friday, January 4, 2013 - 10:48pm

EL PASO — A man was murdered at his place of business on Christmas Eve, and seven years have passed without an arrest, police said. Crime Stoppers is assisting the El Paso Police Department in solving this long-overdue case, making it the “Crime of the Week.”

On Dec. 24 2003, 44-year-old Fernando Martinez was found murdered inside his business. Detectives from the El Paso Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit have been asking for the public’s assistance in bringing this case to a close.

The investigation suggests that the murder happened around noon on Christmas Eve 2003 in Northeast El Paso when an unknown suspect, or suspects, entered Martinez’s business at 4496 Titanic and fatally shot him in the upper torso.

Martinez was originally from Artesia, New Mexico, and left behind a 4-year old child.

If you have any information about this case, even if you don’t think it’s important, please call Crime Stoppers at 566-TIPS (566-8477) or on-line at

www.crimestoppersofelpaso.org. You can remain anonymous and, if your tip leads to an arrest, you can qualify for a cash reward.

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