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Family of slain armored car driver speaks out

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NEW ORLEANS - The family of a slain armored car driver is urging anyone who knows anything about his murder last week to come forward.

In an exclusive interview, relatives of Hector Trochez said he died like a warrior, doing a dangerous job to which he was completely dedicated.

He was the man of a family that came to Kenner from Honduras nearly 30 years ago.

"His main goal was to become a cop, and this was the closest he could do," said sister Claudia Trochez.

Family members gathered to remember Trochez five days after the Loomis armored car driver was gunned down in broad daylight at the busy corner of Carrollton and Claiborne.

"I was at work and looked on Facebook and saw an armored car shooting and it was a fatality," said cousin Sophia Zelaya.

Trochez was a graduate of Bonnabel High School, where he excelled in ROTC.

"By him being in ROTC, it meant he would lead the straight life, doing the right thing," said his sister.

Growing up, Trochez would often take in the less fortunate. When his mom became concerned, he offered to sacrifice for one of his guests, saying he would give up his own food if he had to.

He also had a love for football, fishing, and family. Hector's family says from ROTC to wanting to be a cop, he never shied away from duty in the face of adversity. The say what happened last week, while tragic, was no surprise.

"You took the life of someone who meant so much to us - didn't even give them a chance," said sister Claudia.

A police investigator told the family that Hector was able to fire shots at his assailant as he tried to protect he and his partner in his final moments.

"He wanted to let us know my brother went down swinging, and was a true warrior," Claudia said.

A warrior who family says knew the value of hard work, honor and devotion - unlike his assailants.

"It's not easy to lose a child, and the mothers watching will know what it is to lose a child," said his mother, Maria Fernandez, through an interpreter.

A distraught mother wants answers.

"She's asking anyone who knows anything to please call Crimestoppers," said his sister.

Crimestoppers is offering $50,000 - one of it's largest rewards ever - to bring three suspects to justice. The number to submit an anonymous tip is (504) 822-1111.

"You took her son, and I'm not going to be able to see my brother again," said Claudia.

It's a void that the Trochez family, will never be able to fill, as they ask for help in seeking some measure of closure.

The three gunmen wore masks and hooded sweatshirts, and were between 5'5" tall, and 5'10". They were last seen in a gray Hyundai with a temporary license plate.

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