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Police identify person of interest in Ethan Vasquez murder

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Dallas police have identified a person of interest in the hit-and-run crash that killed a 13-year-old police officer's son.

Deputy Chief Gil Garza said officers are looking for 24-year-old Dagoberto Constanon in connection with Ethan Vasquez's murder.

Ethan was killed Tuesday morning after Highland Park officers chased a minivan into the M Streets neighborhood of Dallas.

Police said the officers saw the minivan run through a stop sign. They chased it because it came back as stolen, but backed off whenever they reached the residential area.

Shortly afterward, the minivan smashed into two other cars at the intersection of Monticello Avenue and Homer Street.

Ethan was killed instantly. His mother, Sandy Vasquez, was taken to the hospital and is recovering from head and internal injuries. Sandy and Ethan are the wife and son of a Cedar Hill police sergeant.

Two suspects in the van fled on foot after the accident, but allegedly left behind some key pieces of evidence.

Sources said Wednesday that there was a cell phone, gun, crowbar and other burglary tools, as well lawn clippings inside the van.

Deputy Chief Garza said because of the evidence, investigators believe Constanon can provide information about what happened. He is the only person of interest at this time.

Constanon is described as a Latin male who is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 175 pounds with brown hair and eyes.

He has a criminal history that includes theft and is wanted for a probation violation out of Collin County, Garza said.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is encouraged to contact Det. Shinn at 214-671-3605.

Additionally, there is a reward of up to a $15,000 available for information leading to an arrest and indictment of the suspects. Tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477).

The suspects in the case are facing capital murder charges because they were in the process of committing a felony at the time of the deadly crash.

Ethan was a seventh grader at Travis Middle School. He's described as a sweet, fun-loving boy whose young life ended too soon, and he was the first Travis student to die in 14 years.

Ethan left a large impression on his classmates and teachers at Travis, and his classmates can't understand how the criminal who killed him remains free.

"It's not so much anger," said Rich Schulte, who taught Ethan. "It's, 'Why haven't they found who?' They don't understand. The world is still so black and white to them…'Well, find the guy!'

Castanon's neighbors say his father runs a landscaping company, and hadn't seen the son in a few days.

Police say they have other leads, including tips and video they're using to locate those responsible for the deadly crash they are treating as a murder.

"We're looking at everything," said Chief Gil Garza with the Dallas Police Department. "We canvassed the areas and are looking at videos on houses, on streets or anywhere the path of the chase took them to."

A fund has been set up for his family at City National Bank of Texas. To contribute, you can visit any CNB of Texas branch or mail checks to:

The Vasquez family Fund
CNB of Texas
106 W. FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104

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