Lawton, OKLa._The family of a 17-year-old Lawton man gunned down in Northwest Lawton on June 30th, 2012 is asking the public to help police catch his killer. Omar Morales was found lying in the street near 19th and Northwest Taft last June, he was killed after being shot in the head. Morales was at a nearby party that night just minutes before he was shot.
His mother, Sonia Carbajal, said she knows that someone out there has information that could help police and she said she is counting on them to come forward. Carbajal said the night Omar was killed changed her entire family's life forever. She said her son was looking forward to attending Cameron University that fall. She admitted that Omar may have made some bad choices but says he was otherwise a good kid. Carbajal said the pain of knowing that Omar's killer is still free is unbearable.
She said not a day goes by that she doesn't look at photos of her late son Omar on her cell phone. Carbajal said the images conjure memories of his laugh, his love of cooking and unfortunately his brutal and unsolved murder.
"It makes me sick and sad and mad thinking about those people who did it. Or, whoever did it being in the streets every day. Because they don't know the pain we as a family, the brother, the mother the father and even his friends going through every day thinking that they're outside. They're out there like they didn't do nothing," said Carbajal.
She said she is no longer living in Lawton, a place she and her son once considered home, because everywhere she looks brings up memories of Omar.
"Walking down the street. Going to the store, going to a restaurant it's like. He's not here and these people are here why?" she said.
Carbajal said she knows someone at the party Omar attended the night he was killed heard or saw something that could help police.
"I really want whoever did it to be in jail because nobody has the right to kill my son. Nobody and I don't want that to happen again. I don't want any mother to go through the pain that I been going all this year. because, how you explain to an eleven year old that your brother has been killed or murdered and we don't know who did it?" said Carbajal.
She said it's a tragic situation that could happen to anyone, but she's hoping Omar's killers are caught. Her family is still offering a three-thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest. If you have information, call Lawton CrimeStoppers at 580-355-INFO.