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Local Hero Victim of Homicide

He helped rescue a woman from her burning home...one year later he is a homicide victim.

The investigation into 18 year old Andrew Santos' death continues tonight.

His name may sound familiar to you. Just over a year ago, Santos was awarded by the city for helping rescue a woman from her home that had exploded.

Tonight, those close to him say his life was one full of promise....and cut tragically short.

He is described as a young man whose zest for life resonated with those who knew him. Family fried Josie Vongkhamphra says, "he loved life and he wanted to make sure you loved life too."

When he helped a woman out of a fire in 2006, Andrew shied away from the term "hero."  Andrew's former youth minister Amanda Chisum says, "he didn't want that atttention. But he did something incredible. He was an incredible young man."

After graduating early from Caprock High School last year, Andrew received a full scholarship to West Texas A&M University. But sadly, he will never have the chance to attend classes there.

His family remembers Andrew as a loving son and brother.

It was early Sunday morning when police say Santos was killed when an SUV crushed his car against a concrete column at a local bank.

Amarillo Police are still looking for those responsible for Andrew's death. If you have any information, you are asked to call special crimes at 378-9468.

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