Best friend of Big Spring stabbing victim talks grief, memories


BIG SPRING, Texas (Nexstar) – A small memorial was set up outside the Shell gas station where Antonio Iglesias lost his life.

Big Spring Police say officers found the 25-year-old lying in the station’s parking lot, just off Highway 87, after 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday. Iglesias was found with a stab wound to his chest. He later died from his injuries.

“He was my best friend. He was like a brother to me. He really meant a lot,” said Rebecca Smith, Iglesias’ best friend. “He would do anything for anybody. It’s very unbelievable it would happen like this.”

Rebecca showed up to place a memorial. She says she hung out with Antonio often. The two worked together, as well.

“We were always riding around, just talking, having fun. He knew how to keep me in a happy mood when I’m down for sure,” Smith said. “He’s a dude that, I’m telling you, would give 10 dollars without any hesitation. I don’t understand why they had to do this. Why?”

Big Spring Police say officers found during their investigation, that Iglesias was inside a red car at the gas station. An apparent fight happened inside the car, and shortly after, Iglesias fell out of the car. The suspect’s car then sped off.

Police arrested 19-year-old Marcus Melendez for murder on Wednesday at 3 A.M.

“I’m glad we became friends because you changed my life bro. You and me came a long way. Love you bro,” Smith said.

Friends will be having an unofficial memorial tomorrow at 3 P.M. with a balloon release.

As for a motive, police have not yet said. Police also say they’re searching for other suspects who may be involved.

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