Michael Lopez's family says they want justice as the suspected shooter remains locked up. A judge set the suspects bond at $100,000, and in a rare move the suspect expressed his remorse in court.
25-year-old Lopez was shot and killed in an early morning shooting at a Phoenix gas station.
"He didn't deserve to go, not the way he did, not from another man's hands," said Albert Lopez.
The suspect 28-year-old Joseph Petty is facing 2nd-degree murder charges. In his first court appearance he spoke out, even after the judge advised him not to without an attorney.
"I can't stop thinking about the sadness I've caused the family... the only thing I can say, I did not want this to happen, I tried to de-escalate this," said Joseph Petty.
The judge stopped the hearing because Petty was going into the facts of the case.
Phoenix Police say Petty shot Lopez once in the head at a gas station near 51st Avenue and Camelback. Petty was refueling his car when the victim pulled up behind him. The two strangers argued and Petty told police the victim said he had a gun, and that he shot in self-defense, but officers never found a gun on Lopez.
"I'm just trying to figure out how he can claim self-defense, my nephew did not have a weapon on him, so where's the self-defense at, I think he's just a coward," said Albert.
Lopez's family is now planning the funeral and facing the loss. He leaves behind five children and another on the way.
The Lopez family are holding a vigil at the gas station at 7 p.m. and have setup a GoFundMe link for donations.