Sisters beg for help finding killer after brother gunned down in friend's car in Santa Fe Springs

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Two sisters are desperate for answers after their brother was gunned down in cold blood in Santa Fe Springs last week. (KABC)

Two sisters are desperate for answers after their brother was gunned down in cold blood in Santa Fe Springs last week.

"It doesn't make sense. Why would he put a transfer to go to Denver and marry his girlfriend and continue life to make a better place for themselves and they just take him away?" said the victim's sister, Elizabeth Gurrola.

Forty-year-old Javier Espinoza was shot and killed in the passenger seat of his friend's Bentley. His friend, who was behind the wheel, was also shot but survived.

Espinoza's sisters say he was meeting with the man about getting help to get back on his feet after recently being released from prison.

Neither the family nor police have any idea why the two were targeted.

"No answers at this time. No suspects. No leads," said Gurrola. "There have been witnesses that we've been told that have come up, but nothing very valid at this time."

Detectives are reportedly reviewing surveillance video from the scene in the industrial area of Santa Fe Springs where the shooting occurred, but there have been no solid leads so far.

Espinoza's family said he was waiting on approval to move to Denver to be with his fiance and her children.

"We're going to miss him. He was a very kind man," said Gurrola.

The family is pleading for the public's help solving the murder.

"Any leads, even if it's an anonymous, anything that will help catch this person to pay for what he did to my brother," said Espinoza's sister, Judith Gurrola.
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