Family Pleads For Information After Man Robbed, Killed

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CLEVELAND--Loved ones of a father shot to death during a robbery on Cleveland’s west side are begging people with information on the killer to come forward.

Pedro “Max” Morales, 26, had a four-year-old daughter, and was known to work two jobs, one as a chef, family said.

"He was a young father but he knew what he had to do. He became a man at a young age," his sister, Nicole Rodriguez, said.

"When I found out he passed away, it just broke my heart because he was a good guy," Andrea Rodriguez said during a vigil Friday evening in front of the bar where Morales was killed.

Police said Morales and a friend just left Memphis Station bar on W. 61st St. and Memphis Ave. about 2:30 Sunday morning.

"He's not even the type to go out. I don't even know why he wanted to go out. He just came with his friends. He just wanted to have a good time," Nicole Rodriguez said.

Police said Morales was in the parking lot when a man robbed him and shot him in the leg and torso.

Police said the gunman also robbed a witness.

Morales died at the hospital.

His family is hoping the suspect turns himself in.

"Because of you, he left his family and his daughter behind,” Morales’ sister, Raven Rodriguez, said.

They are asking anyone who knows anything to call police.

"I know somebody saw something and they need to come forward and give our family closure, please," Morales’ aunt, Nancy Gonzalez, said.

"And have the person who did this put where he needs to be put," Nicole Rodriguez said.

"This policy: don't see anything, don't speak; it needs to stop," Alexandra Buceaschi said.

"I love you Max. We all love you and you will never, ever be forgotten," Raven Rodriguez said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Cleveland Police Homicide Unit at (216) 623-5464.

5 comments

  • Marisol

    Praying for the family, and friends… I believe we serve a God of Justice,,, and I pray that the person who commit this crime face up with the justice.

  • Charles Fumich

    Max you will never be forgotten and you will always be missed as a close childhood friend and a amazing best friend and father to others our thoughts our prayers will always be here for you i hope they find the bastered who did this to as a friend ill always have your back and as far as the rest of family if you need anything at all please contact me. Rip max c u again one day

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