HAMMOND- The gates of Alvarez Nursery on Highway 51 in Hammond are open again, but only for a little while each day. Vic Alvarez, who found his wife, Mary Alvarez, with one gunshot wound to the head in their business a week before Thanksgiving, says it’s hard to be there.
Other family members say it’s even harder to be facing another holiday without any closure.
Judy Evans, Alvarez’s sister, said, “My sister was just an angel in human form. It doesn't even feel like Christmas because my sister made life a happier place."
After a month of tests and investigative work, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is still no closer to an answer about this death. So now, authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information in hopes of changing that. That’s in addition to upgrading the case from suspicious to homicide, which gives family and the community something new to focus on.
"Maybe something will click in somebody's head where they remember something, like 'Oh wait a minute, I remember passing there that Wednesday and somebody pulled out real fast’ and maybe they'll remember to color of a car or truck or whatever," said Evans.
For friends, their thoughts are with Alvarez’s family.
"That's always in our hearts and in our prayers that, you know, they do find out who is the perpetrator of this heinous crime," said Henry Rayborn.
For family, their thoughts are on getting Mary justice.
If you have any information about his death, or the events leading up to it, contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-554-5245. All tips are anonymous and can lead to a $5,000 cash reward.