Cold case arrest gives hope to other families

The recent revival of Irene Garza’s 55-year-old cold case brought new hope to many families across the Rio Grande Valley whose loved ones were killed and the cases were never solved.

John Feit, 83, was arrested Feb. 9 on a murder charge after a Hidalgo County grand jury found enough evidence to prosecute the former Sacred Heart Priest in connection to the 1960 rape and murder of Irene Garza.

Elizabeth Garza, 65, remembers getting the news that day and watching on television as Feit walked into an Arizona jail with the help of a walker.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Garza said. “I said, ‘Pinky’s case is next.’ There is hope that there will be a break in the case of my little brother.”

Garza’s youngest brother, Walton “Pinky” Sanchez, 48, was shot to death in 2008, two days before Christmas, outside his home in the 2000 block of Joanna Avenue in Mission. Elizabeth has been fighting to bring her brother’s killer to justice but said many of the witnesses and potential suspects in the case have died in the past seven years.

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