SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The mother of a San Jose teenager stabbed to death near San Jose High School appealed Thursday for witnesses of the unsolved murder to come forward.

Elsa Lopez said a number of people were present when her son, 17-year-old Anthony Santa Cruz, was killed last February near 21st and Julian streets at 3:15 p.m.

“We had a lot of students. The VTA was passing by at the time. The bus was full of people,” she said.

“I need all the witnesses to come forward in order to get justice for my son.”

Lopez made her plea at a news conference called by former San Jose Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez, who is running for a seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Chavez said crime has been one of the top issues on voters’ minds as she campaigns to replace disgraced former Supervisor George Shirakawa.

“What is so upsetting, besides the loss of a son, is the idea that that person has not been brought to justice yet,” Chavez said.

Chavez has been endorsed by several law enforcement unions. Her main opponent, Teresa Alvarado, has been endorsed by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.

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