DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Jesse Lopez would have cherished the autographs of his favorite Dallas Mavericks that were sent to his family following his death. He loved basketball, and was one of the teams biggest fans before he was killed two months ago after leaving the preseason ‘Fan Jam’ at the American Airlines Center.
“It was free game a free show so he asked a neighbor to take him… his final moments were going to his team and cheer for them,” says Jesse’s brother Martin Mejia.READ MORE: Russ Martin, Longtime North Texas Radio Personality, Found Dead At Frisco Home
Mejia says his brother was walking to his Oak Cliff home on the night of October 4th when he was struck and killed by a hit and run driver. The 52-year-old had lost his car after being laid off from his job of more than 20 years. “When the money got short for him he had to start walking.”READ MORE: Dallas County Reports 570 New COVID-19 Cases, 10 Deaths Saturday
Whoever hit Lopez left him to die at the intersection of Commerce Street and I-35E. After 2 months, his family is losing hope that the crime will ever be solved.
“I lay awake at night thinking about that when is he going to turn himself in when are they going to find him… maybe he’d be in peace too, I’m sure it’s bothering him.”MORE NEWS: Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler Dies At 82
The only comfort to this family is that Lopez got to see his beloved Mavericks before he died, and they still have the condolence card sent by the team. A bittersweet reminder that his devotion didn’t go unnoticed.