ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s been one year since an 8-year-old girl was shot and killed near an Albuquerque community center.
Her family says they’re still waiting for justice and want to know why one of the men involved in her death is allowed to walk free.
Sunni Reza was inside a car near the Alamosa Community Center on May 31, 2013 when she was shot and killed by David Candelaria Senior.
Candelaria had gotten into a fight with Sunni’s uncle.
Senior’s son, David Candelaria Junior, was charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy in the child’s death.
Senior remains in jail awaiting trial while Junior has been released from prison and is waiting for a sentencing hearing.
“There hasn’t been any justice for Sunni. It’s not right,” said Sunni’s grandma Estella Reza. “They’re still here, but she’s not.”
Sunni’s family says while Candelaria Junior is free and able to live his life Sunni cannot.
“I had so much things for us to do so much planned,” said Sunni’s mom Adrianna Ramirez.
Sunni’s family says the past year has been an emotional one filled with sadness and anger toward the court system.
Now, they’ve made it their mission to fight for strong laws in the hopes of keeping people like Junior behind bars.
“If New Mexico doesn’t do anything about that or start getting tougher on some of those things more and more kids will end up where Sunni’s at before their time,” said Reza.
In the meantime, Sunni’s family is remembering the good times they had with their little girl.
“At least I was glad to give her that one last hug and kiss,” said Ramirez.
Sunni’s family is holding a memorial for her Saturday in Artesia.
Sunni would have turned 10 on June 2.