Marco Palacios was a quiet man. He wasn't into gangs and had no trouble with the law. For some reason, he was gunned down on a rainy night in August of 2006 as he sat with a friend on a porch in the 1500 block of North Waco.
Palacios had only been in Wichita for about a year. He was a simple man, living out of a closet in his mother's house.
"This person walked partially up the driveway, lifted up a short shotgun and fired two rounds," says Wichita Police Detective Tim Relph. "One round barely missed them and went through a house with several people inside. The other round hit Marco in the torso area."
Relph says police have done quite a bit of looking into Marco's background. They have never found any criminal activity. Palacios was not, in any way, involved in gangs.
"We do not have a motive as to why somebody would want to shoot Marco," Relph says. "We don't know particularly why that house was targeted."
Palacios clung to life for five days before he died. The friend who was sitting on the porch with him believes the shooter was a light-skinned Hispanic male with a bald head. For that matter, Relph says Marco's friend wasn't into criminal activity, either. That's why this case is so perplexing.
"We have kept our eye out for unusual shootings that use shotguns," Relph says. "This wasn't just a shotgun. There's something very unusual about this shooting that we'll keep to ourselves."
That's the one puzzle piece that police need to solve this case. Someone out there knows that unusual piece of information. If that person is you, call Crimestoppers at 267-2111. If your tip leads to an arrest, you'll be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 and nobody will ever ask your name.
Relph says all they need to know is why, because when you figure out why something like this happened, you can often whittle it down as to who did it.
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