South city family wants to put heat on cold case

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - A South St. Louis family wants to turn up the heat on a cold case that left their loved one dead 8 years ago. The Guzman family and friends of Naeoky Guzman will gather at St. Mathews Cemetery Wednesday evening at 6 pm to remember him and to also encourage someone who knows something about the murder to come forward and give the family peace of mind.

The victim’s mother Dora Guzman said, “He was my first born, very hard, he was very loveable.”

She visits her son’s grave each year on the anniversary of his murder. 20-year- old Naeoky Guzman was killed with a hammer blow to the back of his head. It happened in the 3900 of Eichelberger. Guzman was at a friends’ house when he was attacked. The friend was not at home. Who killed Naeoky remains a mystery.  Perla Guzman is the victim’s sister, “I can’t imagine what he was thinking before he passed away. I just want him to know that if I could have been there we love him and were still fighting for him even if nobody else remembers him we remember him.”

The family wants police to take another look at the case, they said detectives told them authorities need help from a witness, someone who heard or knows something that will lead to an arrest.

Mario Guzman is the victim’s brother, “They need all the information they can get.”  Perla added, “I’m sure they can’t sleep with themselves at night and hopefully somebody will tell somebody that will probably tell police.”
Naeoky’s mother said, “That somebody has a conscience and knows and calls and says something.”

Mario Guzman concluded, “It will give peace to my family for what happened after all these years.

Until questions are answered, justice is served and peace comes to the family they will make sure Naeoky is never forgotten.

Naeoky Guzman had served time for drug violations but his family says after that he cleaned himself up and was working at the family grocery store and restaurant when he was killed.

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