SAN JOSE -- The wife of a San Jose man who was found shot to death outside his home earlier this month is asking for the public's help in bringing the killer to justice.
Flanked by family members and detectives, Araceli Herrera spoke briefly Wednesday about her family's grief following the killing of her husband, Ivan Segura, who was found Jan. 6 in front of their home on Tripoli Avenue.
Hererra shared that the couple's 5-year-old daughter still asks for her dad.
"It is very hard for me," Herrera said. "She is asking for him, and I don't have answers for her."
Police did not release any new information about the shooting of Segura, 34, a barber and father who became the city's first homicide victim of 2013. Police say they have no reason to believe the shooting was gang-related. Although detectives have been working around the clock, they have limited information to go on, said Sgt. Jason Dwyer, a police spokesman.
"It is a big question mark as to who is responsible," Dwyer said. "It's a case like this where somebody coming forward from the community is that piece of the puzzle that we need to get going. We're confident that somebody out there knows the person responsible for this, knows the reason behind it. We're hoping somebody is going to step forward."
On Jan. 5, officers responded to Tripoli Avenue to reports of several shots fired in the neighborhood. Officers circulated the area and spent some time looking in the darkness and driving rain but "didn't see anything out of the ordinary," Dwyer said.
It wasn't until the next morning, when a family member walked outside, that Segura's body was discovered behind a car, Dwyer said.
"That was something the officers couldn't see the night before," Dwyer said.
Neighbors previously told this newspaper the shooting happened about 11 p.m. the previous night. One neighbor said he heard an argument followed by two gunshots, and a car was reported speeding away from the scene.
Police were called at about 7:55 a.m. the next day after the family member found Segura with fatal gunshot wounds. He had been dead for several hours, Dwyer said.
Police on Wednesday would not say where Segura was or what he was doing leading up to the shooting.
"The fallout of a vicious crime like this was somebody shot dead in front of their home, left for their family members to find them the next morning," Dwyer said.
Persons with information regarding this case are urged to contact detective Sgt. Stewart Davies or Detective Brian Spears in the San Jose Police Department's homicide unit at 408-277-5283. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or may visit tipsubmit.com and may be eligible for a cash reward.
Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMgomez