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Cousin to teen murder suspect: 'Come home'

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Adrian Navarro's cousin is pleading for him to turn himself in. (Source: Henderson PD) Adrian Navarro's cousin is pleading for him to turn himself in. (Source: Henderson PD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Ana Martinez said she still hasn't wrapped her head around why her younger cousin, 16-year-old Adrian Navarro, did what police have accused him of - murder his mother and 9-year-old brother.

"He's not a delinquent, he's never been in trouble with anything… the pain is off the roof, because I can't eat, I haven't really had a full night's rest and it's hard," Martinez said.

It was Martinez who led officers to discover the bodies of her aunt, Elvira Gomez, and younger cousin, Cesar Navarro, when she asked for a welfare check after not hearing from the family for several days.

"I feel like I lost my best friend, and then I lost my baby cousin, you know? I was so close to them," Martinez told FOX5.

Martinez and detectives have since canvassed the area with Navarro's photo, leaving copies at a gas station and a Capriotti's across the street.

Martinez said there's a chance he could still be in the area.

According to a police warrant, Navarro may have re-entered the family's apartment after officers removed the bodies.

Martinez said after police gave her access to the apartment, several days later she noticed dirty dishes in the sink and items which have been moved around.

The fact Navarro could be back has neighbors on edge.

"Police, I thought they would be a little bit more cautious, especially since that's where the scene of the crime was," neighbor Kaitlyn Kawada said.

Kawada lives in the same apartment complex where the murders occurred, and her father's Kung Fu Academy, where she works, is next to those businesses Navarro has frequented.

It's also where Marissa Goad's dance studio is.

"That did terrify me, as I have kids ages 6 and 11 that go to school right in the area," Goad said.

Despite what police say he did, Martinez says she's not angry at Navarro, she just wants her cousin to turn himself in.

"Innocent or guilty, I want him alive, and I want him safe. I'm never going to turn my back at him. I lost two, I don't want to lose another one," Martinez said.

An account has been set up to assist the family in its efforts to return Elvira Canales-Gomez and Cesar Navarro to Mexico for burial. The account is:

  • Wells Fargo Elvira Canales Donation Fund
  • #7714518185

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