A dramatic rise in crime against Memphis Latinos

On Crime Tracker this week, a dramatic rise in crime against Latinos in Memphis this year.

One Memphis family of Latino origin suffers a triple tragedy tonight..

The Reyes family struggles with the death of a loved one murdered in a weekend robbery.

They have no money to send the body back home while yet another relative lingers in the Med after surviving seven shots to the stomach in the same stick up!

Nora Reyes heard the shots at the Orange Mound apartment complex that fifteen families from Honduras call home:

Reyes says, "...I listen all the shots. I scared. I say, Oh, what's wrong, what happened?"

Then Nora held her brother Luis as he uttered his last words:

Luis said, "...He say oh my sister, I die. I say 'you no die.' he say, yes, I die. He cry."

Police say 16 year old Jurico Readus and an accomplice killed Luis Reyes Hernandez and unloaded seven shots into the stomach of Reyes' nephew, Jary in the robbery.

Reyes says, "...She say 2 days before that happened, she was talking to him about if he ever got assaulted, he should give up his wallet. He said he would never give up his wallet."

Reyes says her brother tried to calm down the robbers but they were trigger happy. Memphis police say crimes against Hispanics are soaring with 148 reported so far in the 81 days of 2006:

Jose Velaquez of Latino Memphis says, "To be conservative about it, you can count on every time one crime is reported, there are three that are not."

Crime prevention among Hispanics is a prime focus of Latino Memphis, an advocacy group for the estimated 80 to 100 thousand Latinos in the greater Memphis area:

"This is really a triple tragedy: the ones that are injured,. The one that lost his life, and this young man who's basically lost his life in this whole incident as well," Velaquez continues.

Latino Memphis calls on police to engage the Hispanic community and become part of the fabric of Latino life, so that they're viewed as partners in the fight against crime.

The man whop died worked in construction jobs to support family members in Memphis as well as a wife and children back in Honduras.

Services will be held at N-J Ford and sons funeral home Thursday but the family lacks the 28 hundred dollars to send the body back to Honduras.

If you want to help you can send a check to Associated Catholic Charities, 1325 Jefferson, Memphis, 38104 and mark Reyes family in the memo section of the check.