- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The family of a Phoenix man who died while chasing a purse snatcher in Phoenix is asking for the public’s help in finding the killer.

“We need to know what happened. We need to close that chapter. And I think it’s not gonna close until that man pays for what he did,” said the victim’s sister, Maria Briseño.

Miguel Jose Briseño said her brother, originally from the Mexican state of Jalisco, was a devoted family man and father to three boys. He worked as a landscaper and hoped his sons would get an education and live a better life, she said.

Phoenix police say Briseño was standing outside a house near Interstate 10 and 48th street with a small group of people when a man clad in black clothing approached and snatched the purse of a 23-year-old woman.

Briseño chased after the man and a physical altercation ensued. The suspect eventually dropped the purse and ran off.

Briseño’s friends discovered he was bleeding from the neck area, and he was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said they weren’t sure how Briseño sustained his injury because no weapons were found at the scene. They haven’t arrested anyone in the crime.

“Not only has he destroyed our family but he’s destroyed many families because my brother touched many hearts,” Maria Briseño said.

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