LUBBOCK, TX -- Elizabeth Rios spoke on camera Thursday for KLBK television concerning the murder of her son, Fabian Rios, 18. Rios was found dead in the front yard of a home in the 2000 block of 89th Street early Wednesday morning. He had been stabbed and shot.
“First of all he’s my son and I love him very much, and I don’t believe any of this should’ve happened to him,” Elizabeth Rios said. “I hope that they catch those people that did it because they deserved to be punished.”
Lubbock Police said the suspects are Noel Serrano, 18, and Mayra Caraveo, 21. They were last seen in a 2004 black Ford Explorer Sport-Trac with New Mexico license plate HNW231.
Prior to her son’s murder, Rios was under the impression that Caraveo and Serrano were friends with her son.
“Yeah but apparently they weren’t,” Rios said. “The only thing I know is that he was there by himself. So, I guess no one knows what happens.”
If Rios could talk to her son’s attackers, “I would say, ‘You should’ve known better. You didn’t have to do that. There was no reason for you to do that at all.’”
Rios came forward specifically because her son had been accused of robbing a business in Big Spring. She wanted to defend his name.
“I think he was wrongly accused because of the fact that he was with me at the time,” Rios said. “We were having a big ole discussion about a movie we saw, and I know that he was there with me.”
Lubbock Police said Fabian Rios had been in Lubbock for about a week before his death. Elizabeth Rios said the robbery allegation against her son was part of the reason he left Big Spring for Lubbock.
“I think it was those accusations and he did not want to go back to jail. I think he was just trying to better his life,” she said.
Her last words to her son were a word of caution.
“He had messaged me, and I told him ‘You know, be careful.’ He said, I’m always careful.’ He always had that little confident attitude, and the next thing you know they come and tell me at 7:00 o’clock in the morning that he passed away - that this happened to him. And I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock all day.”
Rios said Fabian had high hopes of someday going to college, owning a home, and owning a car. Despite not finishing high school Rios said her son earned good grades.
“He was just a shining light.”
Rios said some people are judging her son, and she also said there is no reason to say hateful things online.
Rios urges anyone with information to come forward. Callers to Crime Line at 806-741-1000 can remain anonymous.