2016 Little Rock Murder case turns cold after leads run dry

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -  Ra'miya Reed. Acen King. Todd Sieber.

Names you've heard. Faces you've seen.The two toddlers and loving father, all murdered in Little Rock around the same time last year. But a name you may not remember is Jesus Peña. He was killed November 22, 2016.

"The one year mark was rough. Especially knowing whoever did this to our family was getting ready to have Thanksgiving with their family,” said Lupe Peña, Jesus’ daughter.

A year has gone by, and one by one, the other victims' killers were arrested. That sense of peace never came for the Peñas.

"How do I feel that there are no new leads? How do I feel? I feel scared for all of us in Little Rock. That means this person is still out there," Lupe said. "I can't bring my dad back, so I can't be angry. He can't be here, but who else has to die because this person is still out there. Who else has to get hurt?"

She says their family left California, because Jesus feared it was becoming too dangerous. Her father moved the family to Arkansas, so they'd have a safe place to live and work.

"His mission was to instill a work ethic. Everyone can work. Everyone can contribute. While you may need people along the way, at the end of the day, it's your responsibility to do something with the life you've been given,” she said of her father.

Peña was at work, restoring an apartment at 220 North Taylor Street when the suspect, described as a black man wearing all black, robbed Pena at gun point, shot and killed him, then made off with his petty cash.

Little Rock Police have told me Peña's case didn't get as much attention because the department was inundated at the time.

"I'm not surprised. Every time I would turn on the TV and see there was another murder in Little Rock. I just pray for the detectives, and my heart hurts a little more,” she told us. “Because they weren't getting any more resources, but yet, there was still another murder."

She still prays, but in the last year, Lupe has developed a new prayer.

"The only thing we can sadly hope for, is that this person commits another crime, and somehow they're linked."  

I asked her what she would say to those who may have information. "If you know anything about my father's murder, please, please say something. Please help my family find peace."

The Peña family is offering a $5,000 reward. If you have any information about who killed Jesus Peña, call Little Rock Police.

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