CBS47 Investigates: Huron man murdered. Deputies asking public to help solve case.

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It was a brutal murder caught on camera.

68-year-old Francisco Acosta was shot and killed in his own home on January 29, 2017.

He was a father to four daughters, and the grandfather to more than 30 grandchildren.

He spent his life working hard as a truck driver for Harris Ranch.

It’s been two and a half years since he’s been murdered, but his family is not giving up hope of seeing his killer behind bars.

Now his family is reaching out to CBS47 investigates for help.

Although the shooting was caught on surveillance cameras, finding the person responsible has been a mystery.

Rachael Acosta says, “When I looked up to see my husband, they had shot him in the head. It’s the worst nightmare of my life.”

Francisco had just returned from home from the hospital after surviving a massive heart attack.

He was resting on the couch in the living room with his daughter Leticia, when shots rang out from the street.

Rachael says, “I would look and I could see little lights hitting my walls. They almost looked like little firecrackers hitting my walls.”

Leticia says she started pushing her father towards the end of the couch, but by the third or fourth bullet, that’s when it hit my father in the head.”

Rachael says “I remember I threw myself on the ground. I felt something real warm hit me. when I looked it was blood all over my blouse and my pants. When I looked at my husband they had shot him in the head.”

After the bullets stopped Rachael knew her grand-children would come running to help, so she immediately covered her husband.

She says, “I just grabbed his little blanket that i used to cover his legs with. I just threw it over him. I didn’t want my grand kids to see what I had seen.”

Surveillance cameras captured the drive by.

The video shows the driver of a white SUV pull out a weapon and fire at least 6 shots into the home.

Fresno County deputies say it’s still an open case, and they have a person of interest.

Deputies say 22 year old Jose Ramirez, is a person they want to interview.

Deputy Hector Palma says, “We were able to make contact with the vehicle and its occupants, which turned out to be relatives of Jose Ramirez. We interviewed them and also advised them we wanted to talk with Ramirez. But we attempted to make contact with this individual. we were not able to find him. We did talk to his family members and we interviewed them and that was the evening of the shooting.”

But since then, more than 2 years later Ramirez is no where to be found.

Rachael says, “You don’t forget. you don’t. The pain is with me and I don’t know if it will be there for the rest of my life. But it’s with me, like it was just yesterday.”

Deputies say Acosta was not the intended target, two of his grand kids might have been.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office AT (559) 600-8204 and ask for Detective Jose Diaz.

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