Spotted Pony Murder Update

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - The family of the man murdered at the Spotted Pony Bar in Amarillo last year is trying to claim financial assistance from Texas, but they're being denied.

Attorney General Greg Abbot says it's because the victim, Thomas Reeve, was a British tourist.

The Crime Victim's Compensation Fund requires the victim to be a US resident or a US Territory resident, even illegal immigrant qualify if they live in Texas.

The money, which can be a max of $50,000 per victim, in most cases is used to cover funeral expenses, help survivors attend counseling and care for dependents. In this case it would be used to Reeve's baby daughter.

Reeve was an innocent bystander, killed when Ray Carlos Cisneros walked into the bar and fired several shots. He is now serving life in prison.