Gabriel Zavala Diaz was test engineer for NASA. His lifeless body was found on February 26, 2005. His family feels time pass, but their cry for justice becomes ever stronger and loud. There are no clues or suspects and their names are added to the long list of unsolved murders committed in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California.
Gabriel was 29 and his death left two children fatherless and a whole family plunged into the anguish and frustration. The police report states that received a clear shot in the head. Still no arrests, no witnesses or responsible for the murder these years later, so the authorities maintain a $ 100,000 reward for anyone who provides information concerning the case.
“Time passes and we know nothing. All we want is justice,” said Teresa, Gabriel’s mother. “We are frustrated, desperate. During the early days of the crime happened detectives spoke with us, as co-workers, but now it seems that all is forgotten. There is so much indifference. ”
To Explore Space
From an early age, Gabriel dreamed of becoming an engineer. His efforts and dedication led him joining in 2001 various projects of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), becoming one of the privileged few Latinos who worked on the Discovery space shuttle — which he lost the opportunity to see take off after his life was taken from him.
Gabriel worked at the NASA Ames Research Center in the Silicon Valley, in northern California, with a team of scientists and engineers who conduct research and technological development. This center supports NASA missions. Gabriel’s enthusiasm and abilities led him to join the team of X-37 test, the Mars Science Laboratory. Gabriel participated in four projects, including the development of the shuttle and a probe entered the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.
Gabriel was honored in a ceremony that paid him all the honors in the facilities of the NASA Ames. There the family was given a plaque of appreciation for their cooperation and work. Later he received a plaque with the signatures of more scientists and colleagues who worked with him on the Discovery project.
Memories of Gabriel
His mother Teresa remembers the night of Friday, February 25, 2005 when Gabriel called her to ask him a recipe to make a special dinner for his girlfriend and mother of his two sons, whom he would marry in a few days. He then went to visit his grandmother and, after making some calls on his cell phone, said he would be returning home. His girlfriend waited for him to come all night.
His body was found Saturday morning inside his car near the house of his grandmother. “I do not know many details because I did not identify the body and because I have not wanted to ask a lot. I’m not ready, I feel guilty for not being there to defend him and take care of him. I should have been there that night at that time,” insists Teresa, falling into uncontrollable weeping.
Following the Clues
Police in San Francisco have offered a reward of $ 100,000, while Gabriel’s family makes a desperate call to the community to get justice by alerting the authorities of those responsible for the crime. The available clues are strictly kept authorities. “It’s a very difficult case, we should be very careful, because if we have no clear forensic evidence to blame a someone, then we have nothing,” said Detective Antonio Rojo of San Francisco Police Department Homicide.
“We can not reveal anything about our investigation. We understand the pain of the family, but still can not share anything with them. We do not have suspects or witnesses. In fact, the only witness so far is just the same suspect who does not know anything. ” Detective Fields says one this is for sure, the person who killed Gabriel was not someone just passing by and chose him at random. Inside the car there were no signs of a fight. “It was probably someone who had planned it, or acquaintance of the victim. But we are still investigating and we should be very cautious. ”
“There was a suspect in that Gabriel was making deals on buying a car. Following that, it seems that this man had threatened to kill him, because he had talked to a friend. He was the only suspect, but there is no evidence against him and he is now free,” said Gabriel’s cousin, Daniel Correa.
“I really wanted to know if the police are really investigating. If they have any questions that we could help answer. If there are clues, if there is hope. Maybe I know something that can help them. But no one called, no one says anything,” Daniel insists.”I know that here in San Francisco there are many similar cases and certainly that of my cousin is not so important to them,” he said.
“We are all trying to get down the road, but the path of life is done step by step until you reach your goal.” This phrase was Gabriel himself wrote one of his two sisters, who decided to share this thought in memory of this young man whose death expect not be forgotten.
If you have information that could lead to the capture of the murderer of Gabriel Zavala Díaz contact the Police Department San Francisco or you may do so anonymously by contactingExpendiente Rojo.