Families still seeking answers after double homicide on Tucson’s south side

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:34 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Two families still searching for answers in the death of two young boys that were killed on Tucson’s south side in March.

Family and friends gathered in front of a memorial for the boys to honor their lives on South Furgeus Avenue. Wednesday night, June 9, marked three months since both Christopher Nunez and Bernadino Santamarina were killed in what detectives ruled a double homicide.

Two mothers are uniting with pain.

“We miss Chris every day, and I wish he was here every day,” said Selena Cluff, Christopher Nunez’s mother.

Bernardino Santamarina’s mother, Carmen Zurita, also spoke out and demanded justice for her son.

“We just can’t believe what happened to them, this has been a hard dream that we haven’t been able to wake up from,” she said.

Balloons drifted into the sky with signs that read “Till we meet again,” as loved ones held a vigil to honor both lives taken too soon by what the family called a senseless crime.

“I still think that he’s here and I love him so much just like everyone in the family does, and he will always be in our hearts,” Carmen said.

Both mothers remembered their fondest memories with their boys.

“I miss everything about him, his smile I miss him asking me ‘Mom, what’s for dinner,’ his hugs,” Selena said.

“Bernie always wanted to be a pilot, now that’s where he’s at, being a pilot,” Carmen said.

They may be gone, but they will never be forgotten.

The boy’s legacy will continue to be shared for years to come by those who still love them.

“I know they’re together, both of them happy, their big angels looking down on us taking care of us,” said Bernardino’s mother.

And as for Chris’ mother.

“I think that he would probably be telling me to do what I’m doing, keep fighting for him, I’m his voice,” she said.

The Tucson Police Department said there are no updates in the investigation.

However, there’s a reward of $2,500 for anyone with information that will lead to an arrest.

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