Family of firefighter who was allegedly killed by CBP officer reflects one year later

The De Luna family wants to celebrate the life of their loved one a year later
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 1:41 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2021 at 5:11 PM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of a firefighter who police say was killed by a CBP officer.

An encounter that turned tragic is the nightmare the De Luna family continues to live in.

Last April, Laredo police were called to the scene of an off duty firefighter, Guadalupe David De Luna Jr., was allegedly shot and killed by an off duty CBP agent Ernesto Gillen.

A year later, the family continues to grieve after they say he was taken away from them too soon.

“This case has been such a huge impact to our family,” said Cindy De Luna. “He has really hurt and destroyed many of our lives.”

Cindy lost her brother Guadalupe the night of April 15th.

An argument at an apartment complex on Springfield led to shots fired, killing the off duty firefighter.

When Cindy got the news, her life was shattered.

“I received that phone call at 11 p.m. at night and since that day it has been a nightmare.”

Ernesto Gillen, an off duty CBP officer, was arrested and charged for his murder.

Months later, a grand jury found there wasn’t enough evidence to indict Ernesto.

Devastated, Cindy says her family isn’t willing to accept it..

“Nobody approached us regarding anything regarding the investigation, so we would like to know what happened. Why was the ball dropped there?”

A year later, Cindy wants the public to know her brother and how he served his community.

“I wish people would get to see who he really was.”

Despite their grief, they say they will continue on.

“We will not stop until we come to justice.”

He leaves behind six kids, three who are also fire fighters who say now more than ever in their fathers honor.

The family is holding a candlelight vigil on Thursday night to celebrate his life.

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