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Published on May 24, 2024
Mother Pleads for Public's Aid in Williamson County Manhunt After Son's Tragic Killing in Northwest AustinSource: Unsplash / Michael Fortsch

In the wake of a deadly shooting in Northwest Austin, the victim's mother is urgently calling on the public to step up and help track down the suspect. The Williamson County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim as 25-year-old Matthew Torres, who was tragically killed at his apartment last Friday night.

The incident shook the 9800 block of Copper Creek Drive, with deputies responding to the fatal encounter. Despite the ongoing nature of the investigation and several leads to pursue, authorities are still trying to piece together what happened and are asking for assistance. Sources told FOX7 Austin that a significant police presence would carry out a search today as detectives continue to gather crucial details about the case.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office believes this was an isolated incident, with no perceived ongoing threat to the community. Nonetheless, the loss reverberates through the heartstrings of family and friends. Jessica Valdez, Torres' mother, has reached out in a deeply personal plea, asking the public to please help find the person responsible for my son's death.

Valdez described her son as "always smiling" and a "very caring person" in a video statement obtained by KXAN. The emotional appeal highlighted the kindness and positive impact of her son, stating, "He was the kind of man that we needed in this world. You took away someone very special. He was only good to everybody."

Anyone with information that could potentially aid in the apprehension of the individual responsible has been encouraged to quickly come forward. Williamson County Crimestoppers is taking calls at 800-253-7867, and tips can also be reported through the P3 Tips mobile app. The community's cooperation is paramount in ensuring justice for the family of Matthew Torres and holding the perpetrator accountable.