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Adrian Arias-Ruiz and his dog, Sumo. (Silent Witness)

If you ever had the chance to meet Adrian Arias-Ruiz, you probably would have liked him.

His cousin, Jose, said he got along with everyone. Adrian was about to turn 24 and wanted to go to barber school.

"He got into cutting people's hair and really enjoyed it," said Jose. "He cut all of our hair."

Arias-Ruiz also liked to golf and race R/C nitro cars. Jose said they used to get together on Sundays and play football or go hiking.

Arias-Ruiz was 12 when he came to Arizona to live with Jose, who became his legal guardian in this state. He wasn't a trouble maker and wasn't involved in gangs.

"We weren't raised that way," said Jose.

Jose can't figure out why anyone would want to murder this likeable young man who had a nice home, was married, and had two small children, a 3 year-old-girl and a 1-year-old boy.

Thursday, May 23rd, 2012, at about 10:00 p.m., Arias-Ruiz was standing in his driveway when three men drove up in a dark-colored SUV and fatally shot him.


From left, person of interest "Hernan," Arias-Ruiz and
person of interest "Rodrigo," far right.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch said Arias-Ruiz had recently been hanging out with two men, and one of them had even stayed in his home a couple of times. They haven't been seen since the shooting and are being called "persons of interest" by investigators.

"One of the subjects' names was Herman, the other was Rodrigo," said Burch. "We'd really like to talk to them."

Arias-Ruiz's home, located at 7300 W. St. Catherine St., is tucked away on a street that doesn't get much drive-through traffic, so police believe Adrian may have been targeted.

To read more about this case, click here.

Jayme West, Afternoon News Anchor

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