Family of murdered Lexington teenager still seeking justice a year later

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — It has been almost a year since a Lexington teenager was found shot and killed in a car.

The 17-year-old was in a car which crashed on Price Road in October 2021. No arrests have been made and his family wish more could and should be done to solve the crime. They are still demanding justice almost 12 months after the death of Sergio Villarados – his girlfriend was injured but survived. His father says he is looking for answers to many questions.

“I was the first person to know what happened, you know,” said Sergio Arellano, the victim’s father. “I had to tell everyone. I have to call my wife and her mother to tell everyone. Everyone is in the hospital. Waiting to get to the hospital.

They thought there would be arrests, but now it’s been almost a year.

“They don’t have enough evidence. And there should be an arrest now. It has been a year. We kept saying a lot of information,” said Sergio Arellano.

His family thinks their kind and compassionate son may have become too trusting of certain people.

“What he brought. What he came to help others. I can prove it. I know his heart,” said Sergio Arellano. “I’m not going to say my son is the best in the world. Hanging out with the wrong people or the wrong friends.

Last year, at a vigil, relatives showed us a video which they say shows their son being bullied. They say they believe more could be done to investigate what happened.

“I have a lot of questions. I do. But I don’t think we will ever answer them. The way we live in this world,” said Sergio Arellano.

Lexington Police say he died of a gunshot wound and the car he was in overturned on Price Road. They investigate.

The family says they have found a $30,000 reward for answers they hope can lead to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime-Stoppers at 859-253-2020.

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