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Plea from wife of hit-and-run victim

December 10, 2008 1:02:52 PM PST
Detectives are looking for two to four suspects who were inside a vehicle that dragged and ran over a man, killing him, in May in Anaheim.Richard Zarate, 28, his wife Monica and a group of friends were leaving Loffler's sports bar in Anaheim at about 1 a.m. on May 3 when Zarate confronted a man who was urinating on a wall and told him to stop.

After a minor fight, Zarate and their group walked to the vehicle, but the people from the fight drove near them and grabbed Monica Zarate while the car was moving. Richard Zarate tried to help his wife, but he got caught under the car and dragged 200 feet before being run over. He died later in the hospital.

Monica Zarate is desperate to find whoever killed her 28-year-old husband.

During a news conference on Wednesday, she made a tearful plea to the public.

"He'll never be home again. Please help us," she said.

Authorities describe the car that hit Richard Zarate as a light-colored, four-door, late 90s or early 2000 Honda or Toyota sedan, possibly with tinted windows and custom rims.

One of the people in the car is described as a Hispanic man, 5 feet, 9 inches to 6 feet tall, heavy set, about 250 pounds, with closely cut dark hair, and may go by the nickname Oso.

A female suspect has been described about 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall, around 200 pounds, and wearing a bright yellow top on the day of the fight.

"I was angry and I had a lot of hate for them, and I realized that having anger and hate toward them is not going to make it any better," Monica Zarate said during the news conference.

"But please understand, if you didn't mean to do it, okay, have enough compassion in yourself to realize he had kids and a wife. Do the right thing," she said through tears.

Anyone with information on the suspects is urged to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department at (714) 647-7044.


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