Boy, 5, searches for help after parents killed in truck in SF

ASSOCIATED PRESS
10:31 p.m. January 15, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO – Police are working to find the gunman who fatally shot a couple in their pickup truck, leaving their blood-spattered 5-year-old son wandering the neighborhood in search of help.

Jose Antonio Delacruz, 31, and Flor Guzman-Vasquez, 28, both of Daly City, were found dead shortly after 10 p.m. Friday in a truck parked in the city's Mission Terrace neighborhood. The couple's 5-year-old son, Oscar Limon, and 13-month-old daughter, Sahian Michelle, survived the shooting and were found unhurt.

Police have made no arrests in the slayings, but have said the couple apparently knew their killer, who was seen by neighbors fleeing on foot from the scene.

Relatives who gathered Monday to mourn the deaths said they had no idea why anyone would want to kill Delacruz and Guzman-Vasquez, who were quiet and religious immigrants from the Mexican state of Jalisco.

“It has taken a part of my heart out,” Guzman-Vasquez's brother, Ruben Guzman, said in Spanish.

A key witness to the shooting, Oscar repeatedly mention “a bad man” to Mary Jo Cooney, who found the boy on her doorstep spattered with his parents' blood and clutching a Nintendo video game Friday night.

“'A bad man, he's trying to hurt my family' – those were his exact words,” Cooney said.