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Family seeking justice as suspect remains on the loose

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A year later, family and friends continue to mourn the loss of two cousins shot at a liquor store in Banning as police have issued a nationwide search for the killer.

Brody Baca, 20, of Banning, allegedly shot Alex Marcotte, 18, of Banning, and Dylan Artea, 19, after an argument on December 28, 2018.

Alex Marcotte was shot outside the liquor store and the incident was about 100 yards from the Banning police station.

Jeanette Burns, mother of Alex Marcotte, still remembers her last words she said to her son.

"Always I love you but I had just made dinner that night and told him to come and get some but I left before I got there," said Burns.

Investigators said Marcotte and his cousin, 19-year old, Dylan Artea, got into a dispute with another friend outside the store when Baca had a gun and opened fire on the cousins.

" Everyday is a struggle, I watch my son suffer everyday," said Kelly Blistan, mother of Dylan Artea.

The family demanding justice.

"Its the worst thing to think that he's out there and could possibly hurt somebody else's kid, somebody else's mom, somebody else's dad… to us he's a monster," said Burns.

Marcotte was also part of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

"Its upsetting that our youth which there still few of that would lose a member so young with so much potential and on the other side we can't see justice seems like a Native American thing," said Brian Lugo, Morongo tribal member.

According to Riverside County Superior Court records, three months prior to the shooting, Brody Baca was convicted of a felony for carrying a loaded stolen firearm.

Baca committing the crime on probation still roams free.

"It's sad that we are so small of a community and we can't find people that are killing our kids its unbelievable to me," said Burns.

Candlelight Vigil in honor of Alex Marcotte Saturday December 28, 2019 at 4Bros Liquor Store.

According to City News Service, Baca is 6-foot-2 and weighs 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding Baca or his whereabouts was asked to call the Banning Police Department at (951) 922-3170 ext. 3.

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Dani Romero

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