GILBERT, Ariz. — A Scottsdale family will spend their first Thanksgiving without one of their loved ones. Nick Cordova was found dead inside of his Gilbert business back in May, but there are still answers or arrests.
Gilbert police are investigating the incident as a homicide. They’re looking for two possible suspects.
It’s been six painful months for Nick Cordova’s wife, children and sister.
“He was my guy figure growing up," Nick's sister, Cherie Quick said. "The man who was supposed to walk me down the aisle when and if I ever got married, he was just supposed to be there."
The holidays, now making some days without Nick even more challenging, especially for his wife Alysha and their two children.
“It really makes reality set in a little bit more that this is real life and he’s not just on a vacation, and he’s not going to be home and he’s not going to be here for things that he should be here for," Alysha Cordova said.
“A little sliver of peace knowing that whoever did this is going to be punished," Alysha said. "They’re going to pay for what they did.”
Private investigator Rich Robertson says six months feels like a long time. But detectives have to be meticulous with evidence.
“You have to make sure it's done right and that all of the I’s are dotted and t’s are crossed before you make a recommendation of charging," Robertson said. "There’s a high burden of proof that the prosecutors have, so they have to make sure they have all of the evidence they need to make a case.”
And since we still don’t know who the suspects are, the community could play a big role in finding answers.
“People think that law enforcement has the ability to enter all of this information into a massive computer that suddenly spits out the picture and biography of the person who's in the picture," Robertson said. "And that just isn't a reality. And you do need public assistance at times to identify who those people are.”
Things as simple as being aware of Nick’s case, the surveillance photos and listening for any chatter that may lead to clues around them. All with the goal of eventually leading to some closure for the Cordova’s.
“It's a daily struggle," Alysha said. "We’re just living a nightmare."