Family members of the man who was gunned down near The Domain on March 6 are opening up for the first time about their loved one.
Someone shot 19-year-old Adam "Noel" Shorter in the parking lot of Dick's Sporting Goods, according to Austin police. Austin-Travis County EMS medics took him to the hospital, where he died later that evening.
"I feel lost without him. I don't know how to take it," Shorter's sister, Alyssa Salazar, told KVUE. "It sucks because we just reunited. We just found him."
Salazar and her siblings, including Shorter, were taken away from their mother, Jamie Rangel Munoz, while she was incarcerated when they were younger, Salazar said. Initially, they stayed with family members, but Child Protective Services later placed Shorter with another family when he was just 9 years old.
"We've been looking for him since he's been with (his foster family)," Salazar said.
In October 2017, Shorter reunited with his family after finding his older brother through social media.
"We were so happy because we reunited with him almost six months ago," Munoz said. "And for this to happen, we're really hurt."
Salazar and Munoz were thankful to spend their first Christmas together with Shorter in more than nine years, not knowing it would be his last.
"He was back in our life just for a little while, and now he's gone. And I'll never see him again," Munoz said.
Shorter was shot during a drug deal, police said, but his family doesn't think that's true.
"I have a feeling he was meeting someone from OfferUP. When he would come over, he was like, 'Oh, I'm writing this lady. I'm supposed to meet her for an iPhone.' He was buying iPhones from OfferUp," Salazar said.
Regardless of what happened, they just want whoever pulled the trigger to pay the consequences.
"Please have it in your heart to at least turn yourself in. Come forward," Munoz said. "You have to pay what you did."
Police did not have anyone in custody as of Friday afternoon. They are still looking for three men they believe were involved in Shorter's shooting death.