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Wife Of San Jose Homicide Victim Asks For Help Solving Crime

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) - The wife of a man whose shooting death marked San Jose’s first homicide of 2013 made a plea to the community Wednesday morning to provide police with clues in the Jan. 5 murder, which remains unsolved.

“I have a daughter, 5 years old, and she is asking for him,” Araceli Herrera said.

Herrera’s husband, 34-year-old Ivan Segura, was found shot to death near the couple’s home in the 1900 block of Tripoli Avenue on the morning of Jan. 6, police said.

“It is very hard … We don’t know nothing, so we are trying to have information,” Herrera, a native Spanish speaker, said at a news conference outside police headquarters Wednesday morning.

“He was a very nice man. Everybody liked him,” she said.

Police are still without a suspect or motive in the killing, and asked the victim’s wife to speak with the news media to try to elicit tips in the case, police spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.

“Right now it’s a big question mark,” Dwyer said. “We need a big break in this case.”

“It’s the family that’s going to make the difference,” Dwyer said.

“We have no leads, so working with the community will be critical.”

At about 8 a.m. on Jan. 6, a family member found the body of Segura, who worked as a barber, lying behind a car near his home, about a half-mile east of Kelley Park.

Hours earlier, on the evening of Jan. 5, San Jose police had responded to Tripoli Avenue on a call of shots fired, but searched the area in the darkness and found nothing, Dwyer said.

“You can’t expect officers to search every car, every bush,” Dwyer said.

The victim’s sister-in-law, identified only as Abigail, read a statement at Wednesday morning’s news conference as another family member displayed photos of Segura, including one of him holding his daughter in front of a Christmas tree.

“We just feel very sad, angry,” Abigail said. “We just ask the community to please provide any information to the authorities. We don’t want to wake up every morning asking the same question, ‘Who?’”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867 (STOP).

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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