HOUSTON (FOX 26) - In 1999, 17-year-old Felicia Ruiz thought she was going to a Halloween party.
She was stabbed to death instead by Jesus Salazar, Lisa Huerta and Jay Ferrel.
“He didn’t even know our daughter he never laid eyes on her until the night he helped kill her,” said Felicia’s mother Carrie Ruiz.
Carrie and Lou Ruiz are proof that losing a child is a wound time doesn’t heal.
“How do you get over somebody purposely murdering your child,” Ruiz said. “How do you get over that you don’t ever get over that.”
The Ruiz’s never got over the nonsensical claim Ferrel offered to us during a prison interview in 2008.
He claimed to do nothing more than watch and didn’t even bother to ask Huerta and Salazar why they would stab Felicia to death.
When we asked Ferrel why he wouldn’t even question what he was witnessing he replied, “I was young at the time, man.”
He admitted that made no sense.
“His purpose was to hold her legs down and keep her still so they could do what they had to do,” Ruiz said.
Ferrel got 20 years.
“She got more stab wounds then he got time,” Felicia’s mother said.
Ferrel has served 15 years and is now being considered for parole.
His first parole review was 2011.
“Obviously the chances are greater than they were the first time,” said crime victims advocate Andy Kahan.
In an Only on Fox Report we told you about a recent surge in convicted killers getting paroled— more than 400 of them in 2015.
“And they served less than half of their sentences so Ferrel is way above that norm,” Kahan said.
The Ruiz’s want Ferrel to serve 4 more years and then be paroled.
They say they don’t want him to serve all of his sentence, because then he would be released without having anyone monitoring his whereabouts.
“I’ll miss her and I’ll always miss her,” said Felicia’s father Lou Ruiz. “It doesn’t get easier not at all.”
Jesus Salazar the alleged mastermind of Felicia’s murder fled to Venezuela. The Ruiz’s have never given up hope that someday he will be apprehended and brought to justice.