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Family of slain armored truck guard frustrated by lack of leads

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Relatives of an armored truck guard killed last year say they're frustrated that a hefty reward has not led to an arrest.

The FBI says solving the case is one of its top priorities.

On Dec. 18, Hector Trochez was gunned down in a brazen mid-morning robbery in a bank parking lot at Carrollton and Claiborne - one of the city's busiest intersections.

"That's my understanding, he was doing the drop, and three gunmen came up to him," said Trochez's cousin, Sofie Zelaya.

Trochez's shooting was the last murder of the year.

"This gentleman was a boyfriend, son and father, and this happened close to Christmas season," said John Selleck with the FBI.

The FBI says despite a $50,000 reward, there's still no arrest.

"Our last count, we had over 50 tips, and we encourage anyone with information to make a phone call," said Darlene Cusanza, with Crimestoppers.

The New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Remi Braden said investigators continue to chase down leads and are working non-stop on the case.

"I can't comment on where we are with the details of the investigation, I can say that we are making progress," said Selleck.

"We're glad they're staying on top of it, and not pushing it off to the side," said Zelaya. "But it's fairly difficult to have hope when there are so many other crimes that are happening in other parishes that have been solved."

Zelaya said she has been in constant contact with Trochez's mother, who has been grieving at her home in Florida.

Until the killer is caught, the family won't rest.

"People know, people brag, and someone out there has got to know something," said Zelaya.

The Crimestoppers reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment stands at $50,000. Tipsters are urged to call (504) 822-1111.

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