It’s been almost 11 years since Jose “Martin” Muñoz went to work at the Fort Worth auto shop he owned and never came home.
When an argument over a tire rim with a customer grew heated at the shop on Rosedale Street, Muñoz said he was calling the police.
The customer responded by shooting Muñoz in the head, then fleeing in a pickup driven by a second man.
For the wife, two daughters and 6-year-old son that were waiting at home for Muñoz that evening of Jan. 31, 2007, life would be forever altered.
The 39-year-old family man’s death would immerse them in a grief so deep that time has done little to ease.
It’s a pain made worse, they say, knowing that Muñoz’s killer remains free.
Despite a good description of the suspect’s truck and a composite of the shooter put out by police, a suspect has never been identified.
“It’s not fair that he’s out there, even the driver, … getting to spend time with his family. Maybe having children. Getting to see his people grow up,” says Viviana Muñoz-Cardoso, Muñoz’s oldest daughter.
“We don’t get to share any of that.”
The suspects’ pickup was described as a red four-door Dodge Ram 1500 series —possibly a 2002 or 2003 model — with a short bed, black bed liner and fancy after-market wheels, 28-inches in size. The shooter was described as a light-complected Hispanic man, about 20 to 22 years of age and about 5-foot-6-inches tall. He may have had tattoos on his arms.