KSAT ABC 12 News
By Courtney Friedman - VJ, Reporter
July 07, 2016
"Just the idea that it could be somebody who was staying with him, that he tried to help, that they would turn around and do this to him, whether it be for money or for any other reason," she said, crying.SAN ANTONIO - Mark Anthony Macias Jr., 25, was found dead Friday on the side of a rural road in South Bexar County after being shot several times.
Days after Macias’s death, Pereyra said someone broke into her son's house and stole everything.
Macias’s mother opened up about her son and what she thinks may have led to his death.
As soon as Macias was old enough, he joined the Army. He went straight from boot camp to Afghanistan.
"He was in combat, where he lost half of the battalion there. He couldn't understand why his friends didn't make it, and he did," said Elizabeth Pereyra, Macias’s mother.
Pereyra said her son came back home with post traumatic stress disorder.
"It was very difficult when he came back, definitely. The army changed him. He came back with some struggles,” she said. “He was overcoming them. He was doing great. He had enrolled in Brown Mackie College. He was trying to make himself better.”
Pereyra said what deployment never changed about her son was his compassion.
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