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One year ago, around midnight, as Saturday turned into Sunday the 16th of December, 2018, a gunman entered a small independent convenience store. The space inside is tight, very close quarters, and the clerk decided to fight for his life and his co-workers, instead of accepting whatever fate the thug decided. The clerk, Jose Alcaraz-Hernandez, lost his life, and a co-worker was seriously wounded. The crime has not been solved in the year since that night.
The large group of prayer candles and flowers gave way in fairly short order to a permanent wooden cross. The hand-painted cross outside the store tells us that Jose Hernandez was born November 18, 1964, and was killed on December 16, 2018. From a photograph put up in the first days, we know him to have been a grandfather. We know nothing of the killer. If the police know more, they are not saying so to the public.
Visiting the site on the anniversary evening of this crime, the memorial was little changed. A few flat stones, for candles, and rounded stones to keep the cross upright in the dirt, were added. Two candles had been blown out by the wind. Perhaps someday the killer will be found in this world. Of a certainty, there is one Judge who saw, who sees, and who will give justice in the end.