A cry for justice in Porterville

PORTERVILLE, Calif.

More than 40 people came out Tuesday night to remember 28 year old Erick Garcia. No one at the candlelight vigil has dealt with more pain than his wife Jessica. She was with Erick the day he got killed and saw him get shot.

"That day I just got this big hole in my heart. I miss him. He was always there for me and I can't wake up to him anymore." said Jessica Garcia.

Porterville Police believe Rafael Gonzalez and his brother Jose confronted Garcia outside of this mini mart May 17th of last year. They say surveillance video from the store shows Rafael firing off several rounds at Garcia. Officers arrested the then 18 year old a month later in Las Vegas.

"They caught him on my birthday. Best birthday gift I could have ever gotten. Putting them away for doing what they did to Erick." said family friend Tori Santoyo.

The Tulare County District Attorney's Office is charging Rafael and Jose Gonzalez with murder and the two could face up to life in prison or even the death penalty. Jessica Garcia told us what she's hoping for.

"I'm looking for life with no parole. That's what I want. Because they need to suffer. Because of they get death that's the easy way out."

The trial date for Rafael and Jose Gonzalez is set to take place on June 8th in Visalia.

Meanwhile Jessica is trying to raise money to buy a bench a place it at Hillcrest Cemetery where Erick is.

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