Family of Pasco homicide victim speaks out

Family of Pasco homicide victim speaks out
PASCO, Wash. -- There is still a family left behind who lost their son. Relatives of Stephan Aceves have never denied he was drunk. They figured he was confused when he went to a stranger's home, since his stepbrother lives nearby. Stephan's father decided not to go to the news conference. He spoke only with KEPR about the prosecutor's decision to not press charges.

"My worst nightmare came true," said Alfredo Aceves.

After the Aceves family lost their loved one, they now feel like Stephan Aceves' killer got off scot-free.

"It's very tragic, I was hoping for a little bit more fairness in this case, and we didn't get it," said Aceves.

Stephan's family doesn't believe he meant any harm to the family when he began knocking on their door.

"All I can say is that I am very saddened today because the city of Pasco now, because of this determination that the prosecuting attorney is doing, he's giving free rein to anybody that owns a weapon here now. If you come to anybody's house and knock on a door at 2:30 in the morning, whether you've been drinking or not, you better be careful," he said.

Stephan's family wants people to know their son was not a villain.

"Just a small measure of fairness would have went a long way, but now, I don't know. I don't know what we're going to do."

Stephan's family has held out hope the last four weeks that something would come of this criminally. They have hoped for simply an apology from Rudy Ontiveros.

"Rudy will have to live with this for the rest of his life," said Aceves.

Alfredo wishes the investigation would continue but knows the outcome would not change.

"None of this is going to bring my son back."