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Friends Hope Auction Of Murdered Man’s Tools And Racing Gear Will Help His Family

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EL MONTE (CBS) — To Hector Urias, his family, his friends and his business were his life.

Tomorrow, the highest bidders can share in that life, a life cut short almost two years ago.

Tools and racing gear in Urias’ El Monte auto repair shop will be auctioned off to help his family. Says sister Eva Aguirre, “his tools were everything to him. He worked so hard to have them. Anyone who takes something will know that it touched him deeply.”

Juan Fernandez, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, talked to Urias’ family on the eve of the auction.

Urias was shot and killed in the office of his auto shop in September 2010.

No arrests have been made.

Investigators did release a sketch of a possible suspect. Several tips came in. Officials continue to follow-up on leads.

At the time of his murder, Urias and wife Sandy, were in the process of adopting daughter Makayla, now 2.

Urias’ brother Jerry said, “It’s hard enough not to have him. We’re leaving that up to the authorities. But every day is a struggle.”

All proceeds from the auction will go to them. Friend Ron Barrett says “this is really, really sad. Everyone misses him. Terrible.”

They will turn this terrible thing into a positive, because the money raised will go for a good cause.

No one is sure what the tools will sell for … to Urias’ family and friends, each tool carries memories of a man still greatly missed.

Said his sister, “It’s just so hard to see my parents grieve. My sister-in-law. He was the rock of our family.”

Preview of the auction items starts at 8 a.m. The auction starts promptly at 10 a.m.

The shop is located on Santa Anita Avenue, just north of the 10 Freeway on the east side of the street.

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