Unsolved Case: Zachary Corbut

Unsolved Case: Zachary Corbut

Unsolved Case: Zachary Corbut

My name is Ann, and I’m the mother of two children. My oldest child Zach was murdered on October 13, 2015 and is in heaven. My surviving daughter’s life has been changed forever as well as mine.  

Zach, as a young child was creative, curious and very energetic. He loved creating forts inside our home using sheets and blankets and dress up as a character and spend hours playing in his imaginary world. Zach was very competitive which paired well with his athletic abilities. Zach started playing baseball in Little League and continued into his mid-teens. He also played football and soccer through high school. Zach was an outdoor kind of kid – loved hunting, fishing, skateboarding and snowboarding. The more extreme the sport the better. Risks were not something he feared.  

Zach’s creativity also manifests itself in his writings, artwork and his musical abilities. In middle school, he chose to play the trombone and became first chair in a very short time. Without any formal musical instruction, he learned to play the keyboard. His aptitude in math and science lent itself to many awards and being in the National Honor Society.  

In his late teens, Zach started making some poor choices and took a lot of risks. Unfortunately, those choices attributed to his death at 20 years old. In the early evening of October 13, 2015 Zach’s home in the 1400 block of E Grant was broken into and he was murdered by masked gunmen. His roommates were pistol-whipped but survived. As of today, the case remains unsolved.

Zach’s creativity also manifests itself in his writings, artwork and his musical abilities. In middle school he chose to play the trombone and became first chair in a very short time. Without any formal musical instruction, he learned to play keyboard. His aptitude in math and science lent itself to many awards and being in the National Honor Society.

In his late teens Zach started making some poor choices and took a lot of risks. Unfortunately, those choices attributed to his death at 20 years old. In the early evening of October 13, 2015 Zach’s home in the 1400 block of E Grant was broken into and he was murdered by masked gunmen. His roommates were pistol whipped but survived. As of today, the case remains unsolved.

Zach as a young child

Zach’s High School Graduation

It was on October 13, 2015 that I learned what a broken heart truly felt like. My heart still aches in sadness and tears still flow. All those that love Zach have had to learn how to move through this experience. It has changed many lives. While it might sound trite it is so important to not take anything for granted – you never know what the future holds. I have become stronger in my faith and as a person as I’ve worked through this. I’ve developed relationships that have given me grace, love and support. For that I am grateful. I love you Zach and know we will be reunited someday. So, as you are missing from my world here on earth I hold onto all the memories in my heart.

Please help me find my son’s killers. For information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the death of Zachary Corbut there is a reward up to $20,000. Please call 88-CRIME (520-882-7463) with any information. All calls remain anonymous.  

NOBODY DESERVES TO ENDURE THE MURDER OF A LOVED ONE ALONE

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Unsolved Case: Kyle Riley

Unsolved Case: Kyle Riley

Unsolved Case: Kyle Riley

On January 30, 2013, Kyle Riley was found deceased inside a home in the 4800 block of South Lantana Place, near South Kolb and East Irvington Road. Officers responded to a 911 call about a shooting in the home just before 9 a.m. Police believe the shooting happened between 7 a.m and 8:30 a.m. Kyle was 27 years old. This is an unsolved case, anyone with information is asked to call 88-Crime. You can remain anonymous.

Kyle’s Mom Shares her story about her Son

Kyle was raised in Tombstone, Arizona. He and his friends would dress up as the junior Tombstone Vigilantes. They would go around doing their skits and the tourists just loved watching them. Kyle was a silly and goofy kid who loved to make people laugh.

He was my only child. His biological father was never in the picture. A lot of the time it was just the two of us – that made us closer.

Kyle was 27 years old when he was murdered. He had only been living in Tucson for about a month. The person who owned the home found Kyle in a bedroom, called 911, and attempted CPR on Kyle, but it was too late. TPD responded on scene and Kyle was pronounced dead on scene at approximately 9:04 a.m.

There were two males who were persons of interests. I thought they would be arrested but that never happened. It became a cold case after about 1 year and a half after the murder. That was devastating. I didn’t want him to be forgotten – a box on a shelf some place in a storage room. It’s now been 6 years that the case has been unsolved.

Every year on January 30th, I go to the house where Kyle was killed. I have an 88-crime flyer enlarged there with flowers. Somebody knows what happened. I just keep hoping that one of these days one of those people will feel that it is finally time to say something.”

Kyle Dressed as a junior Tombstone vigilante

Kyle dressed as a junior Tombstone vigilante

Kyle and His Mom

Mary’s Journey to healing

“Going to the annual Candlelight Vigil has helped me a lot. Being around other survivors or people there to support us helps because they get it.”

The night before Kyle was was killed, he called me. He had his dog, an English bulldog, named Swamper. She was 5 years old at the time. He didn’t want to leave her at the house he was staying at and he asked me to take care of Swamper for him. I still have her, and she has been a big help. There’s a special connection there because she was Kyle’s dog and I love dogs.

Kyle's mom, Mary Riley, with one of her favorite pictures of Kyle

Kyle’s mom, Mary Riley, with one of her favorite pictures of Kyle

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Unsolved Case: Jose Lopez

Unsolved Case: Jose Lopez

Unsolved Case: Jose Lopez

On November 1, 2017, at approximately 12:20 a.m., the Tucson Police Department received a 911 call about a suspicious vehicle parked in the 1000 block of West Colorado Street (near St. Mary’s & Grande). The vehicle had been parked in the roadway for about an hour with the headlights on and the engine running.  Officers found 43-year old Jose Ramon Lopez in the front passenger seat with obvious signs of gunshot trauma. He was pronounced deceased on scene. This is an unsolved case, anyone with information is asked to call 88-crime. You can remain anonymous.

Homicide Survivors, Anita & Zulma Share their Stories

Jose’s Daughter, Anita Lopez, and Sister, Zulma Cisocmnai are Homicide Survivors. Zulma is a caregiver, mentor for drug and sexual abuse victims, and an assistant Chaplain at the Pima County jail. Anita is a single mom of two children, Veronica and Julian “Juju,” and loves spending time with family.

Anita remembers going to Mexico on vacation with her dad in 2017 and that was one of her favorite memories. “I would see him almost everyday, he did all my tattoos. That was the last time I saw him, when I got my last tattoo from him.  I have all of his drawings, one of them being: “My wings were ready but your heart wasn’t” in his hand writing.

A month before [the homicide], Zulma’s last memory with Jose was listening to music with him. She remembers him playing a song and crying. “I asked him, ‘where did the song take you?’  It was a really beautiful moment because he had rededicated himself to the Lord while he was incarcerated and he had peace within him.  We sang, we laughed, we cried and we prayed. That is my last memory of him.”

Who Was Jose Lopez?

“Jose had a rough childhood. He was in and out of juvie as a kid. His childhood and having an abusive father affected him a lot. Despite that, he always had a passion to do good, but he never felt like he was truly accepted. He liked to draw and liked tattoos. He was a protector and if he knew that someone did something to harm us, he never wanted us to hurt at all.

He was very funny and goofy – there was never a dull moment with him. His laugh and smile lit up a room; everybody loved him. His tattoo clients always became his friends. He had a sweet tooth (cereal and chocolate were his favorite) and he was infatuated with aliens.”

Jose with his two grandchildren

How are Aninta & Zulma Coping and Healing?

Zulma and Anita have been involved with Homicide Survivors since day one – November 2017. While HSI provides a variety of support groups for Homicide Victims, not everyone griefs the same. During the healing process,  Anita says, “Support groups on Tuesdays, taking the grandkids to the child support groups and events like Cookies with Santa and the Angel Tree,” have helped her the most.

Jose Ramon Lopez, pictured on the right with his nephew Luis Fernando Campos (left)

Zulma says, “being connected with other people who are going through the same thing reminds me that I am not alone. Yeah, my brother is gone but he brought us all together.” Zulma also shares that Zumba and being active has helped her on her journey to heal.

If you have any information about the case you are asked to call 88-crime. You can remain anonymous.

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