Mom arranges march for safety after son was murdered last year

One year after Andy Franco, 19, was murdered there have been no arrests, and no solutions.

PHOENIX — A Phoenix mother is on a mission to get unlawful weapons off the streets after her son was murdered last year.  

His killer hasn’t been caught. 

On Saturday, Meagan Orantes marched with dozens of others to induce witnesses of the crime to come back ahead.  

“He was a good kid and he had his whole life ahead of him, and somebody knows something so just come forward,” Orantes pleaded. 

She was choking again tears as she described her son Andy Franco, murdered at 19 years previous. 

“He was so happy, he had these dimples that just were amazing.” 

Phoenix police stated Franco was shot and killed on September 20, 2020, throughout a big celebration.

One year later, no arrests and no solutions. 

“He didn’t have money on him, they didn’t take anything from him they just walked up shot him, and took off,” she defined. 

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Orantes stated there have been about 50 different individuals at that deserted home celebration who might be potential witnesses.   

“There were plenty of people there someone had to have seen something. If you see a murder happen call 480-WITNESS (480.948-6377). You can remain anonymous, you can catch these killers faster.”

Phoenix in 2020 had 200 homicides, probably the most since 2007. 

Orantes fears we’ll surpass that quantity by year’s finish.  

“Not that I wanted to be here but I can’t sit back and do nothing.”

So she determined to do one thing she’s by no means achieved: set up a stroll to lift gun violence consciousness.

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“You don’t want to live with that guilt forever so come forward speak up, for any murder even if it’s not my son’s murder and it’s somebody else’s child that was murdered, speak up,” she continued. “If you know somebody who has a gun that shouldn’t call it in let’s get the guns off the streets that shouldn’t be here.”

She can be advocating for quicker forensic testing to resolve crimes. 

“The crime labs are just taking way too long there’s only about 8 here in Arizona and with that being said, it has taken well over a year to get any answers for DNA forensics and we need them off the streets now, we don’t have time to waste.”

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