Family of slain boxer searches for answers

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Updated: 8/21/2014 6:15 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- It has been just more than a month since a Reno man was shot and killed in his home while tending to his young son. It is a tragic story that has left a family searching for answers.

Reno Police said 23-year-old Anthony Cueva was an innocent victim. He was not the intended target of the shooting, which makes this story all the more tragic.

At the Mighty Mites Boxing Gym on Gentry Way, youngsters and young men get a chance to step in the ring and train. It keeps them busy and off the streets. "When a kids boxing he can't drink, smoke, party," said Owner Don Fain. "They got to watch his diet."

One of those who trained here was Anthony Cueva. Tony, as he was known, loved boxing and was looking ahead to a bright future in the sport, according to Fain. "His passions in life was his family first, boxing second."

Tony's mother Sandy had grown to become one of his biggest fans, though she never like to see him get hit. "It's not an easy sport to watch. It's hard, but he had passion for it and that's what he wanted to do."

By all accounts, Tony had a bright future in the ring. He was getting ready to turn pro. Something he hoped would help him provide a better future for his family.

"That's just one of things he wanted, was to put his family in a better position than he was," said Tony's brother Alex Cueva. "It was always about his family."

But Tony, who was engaged and the father of two young children, died tragically when shots were fired outside his home on Purdue Drive, off of Harvard Way. The shooting happened on July 18, at approximately 10 p.m. Police say the shooter was actually targeting someone else.

Tony Cueva was an innocent victim.

"It's just so senseless," said Fain. "He didn't live that lifestyle. He wasn't into that sort of thing."

Cueva's family, his fiance Carolyn, brother Alex and mom Sandy are still coming to grips with everything. They say the fact that no one has been arrested only adds to their pain and suffering.

"I do want justice for my son," said Sandy. "It's not going to bring him back, but to have that closure."

"We want justice," added Alex. "It won't bring him back, but it would help us. Who did this?"

Reno Police declined to speak on camera about their investigation. They only said they do have some leads, and are hoping for more. They also confirmed the victim in this case was not the intended target.

Cueva's family feels strongly that someone out there knows the shooter. "Maybe they're afraid to speak up," said Alex.

Getting them to come forward could be what it takes to solve the case, and give this family some closure as they remember the young man who was building a life in and out of the ring.

"He did not deserve this," said Sandy. "We miss him everyday. I love him."
If you can help police with their investigation, here is what you can do. Call Secret Witness at 322-4900. You can remain anonymous. If you know who was there on Purdue Drive, your tip could be the key to solving this case.

Reno Police announced on Thursday that they will hold a briefing next Tuesday to tell us where things stand with their investigation.
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