Families still seeking answers a month after double homicide

Published: Friday, Jan. 18 2013 5:50 p.m. MST

"She was a good mom. I didn't have a dad. She was my mom and my dad, and it was hard growing up like that and growing up poor. But she just always made us realize that life was worth living," he said.

That's why the family was happy for Griego when she started dating Salazar about two years ago, Sisneros said. The two traveled together and last summer took a monthlong trip to Europe.

"He opened her eyes. I was so happy for her when he took to her Europe," Sisneros said. "They helped each other out. … She was in love. He was just a good guy all around with everybody. He accepted us. He didn't judge us. He got me a job. He got my brother a job."

DeHerrera said that was the way Salazar was with everybody.

"He would bring something special to every situation. His smile was infectious. He never did judge anybody. He never looked down his nose at anybody. He was kind to everybody," she said.

Salazar also had a special bond with each of his nieces and nephews.

"He had a way of making you feel important. He wanted to know about you. He wanted to listen to you. Right now, our family just wants answers," DeHerrera said.

DeHerrera said his family doesn't think Salazar had any enemies.

"That's the crazy thing," she said. "Because of his personality, because of the guy he is, he doesn't make enemies. He's incredibly polite, really polite guy. Fun-loving. He's a problem-solver. He's not the kind of guy who broods about things.

"There's no reason anybody close to him can think of (why someone) would do anything this horrific. It was really a bold move on their part. We're just looking for answers. The family loves him so much."

But DeHerrera also said her uncle had street smarts, could read people well and wasn't a pushover.

The last time anyone saw Salazar was about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 13 when he dropped off a friend at home after going to a local bar. DeHerrera does not believe the attack was random.

"We've all come to the conclusion that whoever did this was bold enough and they knew what they were doing," she said. "And if there was anybody else on their list, it would have been done."

Sisneros, on the other hand, said his family still has concerns.

"My family is worried. I'm still barely able to sleep. I have to check my windows and my doors at night," he said. "It's tough to just know someone can kill two people, burn their bodies and get away scot-free."

Anyone who has information about the incident can call Unified police detective Tyler Richman at 801-743-5915. Callers may remain anonymous.

"Somebody knows something. They have to. People talk," Sisneros pleaded. "Somebody knows something. Look at it if it were your mom and dad, and bring this person to justice because these were two wonderful people. I just want this person to be caught. Somebody knows something."

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