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Victim's family seeks justice after fatal shooting in Hartford

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Victim's family seeks justice after fatal shooting in Hartford (WFSB) Victim's family seeks justice after fatal shooting in Hartford (WFSB)

Three young children will never see their father who was gunned down and killed inside a Hartford grocery store.

The man accused of pulling the trigger faced a judge for the first time since the shooting happened in May.

After two months, the Hartford Police Department got a break in the case and arrested 22-year-old Jonathan Contrera, of Hartford.

The family and friends of victim Alex Marrero showed up at Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday. They said it was a very emotional day for them, but they told Eyewitness News they're seeking justice.

Marrero’s family wore T-shirts that said “Rest in Peace.”  

“We want answers and want to know why he did that to my son, what was the reason why he did that," victim's mother Elizabeth Rodriguez said.

The 23-year-old Marrero was shot at a grocery store on Maple Avenue at the end of May.

For two months, the family said they had been hoping for a break in the case. Their prayers were answered this week.

“He was a beloved dad and a son and in regards to, we have no explanation on why this happened we just want justice to be served as best as possible," victim's father Jorge Betancourt said.

Police arrested Contrera on Monday. He was arraigned at Hartford Superior Court for the first time on Tuesday where the judge raised his bond.

“And the fact he previously posted a $350,000 bond, bond is now set at $2 million,” the judge said in court.

Contrera shook his head at the judge. Contrera's run-ins with the law was brought up. He has two pending court cases involving drugs and violating probation.

Marrero's murder made him the 11th homicide victim in Hartford. He leaves behind a wife and three kids, the youngest just 7-months-old.

There have been 19 homicides in Hartford this year, which is the same number as all of 2014.

For the families of these shooting victims, they plead for the violence the end.

“We want the police to do more and keep our streets safe for our kids. My grandkids are here now and we want it to be safe for them," Rodriguez said.

Contrera is back in court in just a few weeks. Marrero’s family said they'll be there to fight for their loved one.

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