Family marches for justice in honor of Kaitlin Hernandez

Nobody has been charged in the death of Hernandez

SAN ANTONIO – The family of Kaitlin Hernandez placed a memorial at the bridge where the teenager’s body was found lifeless.

“It ain’t fair that I’m standing right here while they’re with their families right now, we have to do this fight for her to get justice, and they’re at home relaxing,” said Crystal Rodriguez, Kaitlin’s aunt.

San Antonio police found Hernandez’ body when they were called to Dell Oak for a report of a missing person at around 11:30 p.m. on March 12.

Upon arrival, officers searched the area and found Hernandez’s phone and jacket before finding her naked body under a bridge.

“It’s unimaginable, it’s horrific what this animal did to my niece,” said Rodriguez.

Hernandez’s body had signs of trauma and she was pronounced dead. Her death was ruled a homicide by the Bexar County Medical Examiner. Authorities said she had been strangled.

“What would you say to your neighbors if they’re listening to you right now?” asked KSAT’s John Paul Barajas.

“Just come forward, put yourself in our position, if this was your daughter, your niece,” said Rodriguez.

Sunday marks the second time Kaitlin’s family has marched through their Northeast Side neighborhood in a month.

Photos of Kaitlin Elizabeth Hernandez provided by her family. (Copyright 2024 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

According to police, she went for a walk with a neighbor on Tuesday evening but when he returned a few hours later, she wasn’t with him.

The man she was with, who is said to be a neighborhood friend, was detained for questioning.

“I don’t want to leave here because I feel like if I leave here, I’m going to leave her alone knowing she’s not here,” said one of Kaitlin’s aunts.

Nobody has been charged in the death of Hernandez.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for a tip that leads to a felony arrest in the case.

The investigation into the death remains ongoing.

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About the Authors

John Paul Barajas is a reporter at KSAT 12. Previously, he worked at KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. He has a degree from the University of Houston. In his free time, he likes to get a workout in, spend time on the water and check out good eats and drinks.

Gavin Nesbitt is a photojournalist and video editor who joined KSAT in September 2021. He has traveled across the great state of Texas to film, conduct interviews and edit many major news stories, including the White Settlement church shooting, Hurricane Hanna, 2020 presidential campaigns, Texas border coverage and the Spurs.

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