‘If you knew him, you loved him’: Family of road-rage shooting victim seeks justice

SAN ANTONIO – Family members of Mark Maldonado Jr. describe him as “friendly” and the “life of the party.”

Now, he is gone after San Antonio police said he was killed during a road-rage shooting on Friday, Sept. 16, in the 6200 block of W. Commerce.

Maldonado’s family held a candlelight vigil recently in his honor and said though he may no longer be here, his spirit and his memory lives on.

“He was always happy. He was just a very friendly person and if you knew him, you loved him. And if you knew him, you were either his brother, his sister, his cousin — he made everybody his family,” Mark’s mother, Monica Castro, said.

Maldonado was driving his pickup truck and leaving his mother’s house when he was shot while driving by two people in another vehicle, according to his family.

Police said another driver and a passenger in a gray, four-door sedan, began shooting at Maldonado and struck him multiple times before driving away from the scene.

Maldonado was taken by EMS to an area hospital, where he later died from his injuries, according to SAPD.

The suspects drove away from the scene and police are still searching for them.

Monica said she hopes the shooter responsible for her son’s death turns himself in.

“I just hope that this person’s conscience eats at him and he comes forward,” she said.

Anyone with more information on the incident or the suspects is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for any tip that helps lead to an arrest.


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