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Victims' family angry over triple-homicide investigation

KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke exclusively with a family member on Wednesday who is very close to 21-year-old Steven Ortiz, who was found murdered in his El Rancho home along with his foster parents, Lloyd and Dixie.

The relative chose to remain anonymous and said Steven was not involved in anything bad, like drugs or crime, and was just an innocent victim who for some reason was made a target.

"Steven was a good kid, really smart, intelligent," he said. "He liked to drive four-wheelers, he loved his brothers and sisters, he loved all his family, he was just a good-hearted kid."

Sunday night, State Police were called out to the home and found the family dead inside.

Initial reports stated the three had been shot to death. But medical examiners found that to be false. Investigators remain tight-lipped over how the family was killed.

"I'm really not too sure what happened there," the relative said. "But I think we'll get down to the bottom of this mystery, it will all come out in the end."

The relative said the entire family is frustrated and angry over how the investigation has been handled so far.

KOB pressed State Police for more information, but they still are not saying much.

Officials will not say if the murders are drug-related, if there was forced-entry, or if they've received any decent tips.

They have more details, but said they will not release them until they have all of the facts right.

Investigators said that neighbors should be on alert near the home in El Rancho and on the lookout for any suspicious activity in the neighborhood.


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