Man shot on Holmes Avenue

Police cordon off the area with police tape as they investigate a shooting Sept. 14, 2016, in the 1600 block of Holmes Avenue. The victim, Joey Torrez, later died. More than a year later, a suspect has been arrested in connection to the murder.

GREGORY SHAVER, Journal Times file photo

RACINE — A West Allis man is being charged after allegedly shooting and killing a man on Holmes Avenue last fall, possibly bringing the victim’s family one step closer to justice.

Michael A. Cina, 39, of the 1600 block of South 63rd Street in West Allis, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide with the use of a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.

On Sept. 14, 2016, Racine police responded to the 1600 block of Holmes Avenue after it was reported that a man had been shot. Police found the victim, later identified as 36-year-old Joey Torrez, in a grass parkway between the sidewalk and street.

Torrez had reportedly been shot eight times in his car and was initially taken to Ascension All Saints Hospital. He was then transported to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for treatment. On Sept. 20, 2016, Torrez was removed from life support and died from the gunshot wound injuries he sustained.

During the investigation, police were able to obtain footage of the shooting from a surveillance camera in the neighborhood. The video reportedly showed Torrez getting into his vehicle, and a blue Ford Focus driving up next to Torrez’s vehicle. The video shows a person’s arm reach out of the Ford Focus, fire at Torrez and then drive away.

A witness reported that the Ford’s occupant was a allegedly a heavyset Hispanic male. Another witness told police Cina had reportedly admitted to killing a Racine man and not to worry about it because it had been handled.

The suspect was identified as Cina after police spoke with witnesses and learned Cina drove a blue Ford Focus with unique wheels matching the video footage of the shooting.

Also facing charges in Kenosha murder

Cina is also the suspect in a Kenosha homicide in which a glove with Cina’s DNA was found. Shell casings from the Kenosha homicide also reportedly were fired from the same gun used in the Racine homicide.

In connection to the Kenosha homicide, Cina is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, burglary, armed with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave. for the Racine case.

These new charges are something Torrez’ family has been waiting for all year. Even though it’s been a year, Esther Martinez, Torrez’ aunt, said it still feels like it was yesterday.

“We are still having a hard time,” said Martinez. “We are trying to be strong. But it’s hard.”

Torrez said her family doesn’t know why Cina would shoot Torrez. Now, she is concentrated on the justice to come through the criminal justice system.

“We want justice,” Torrez said. “Joey deserves it. We want him to rest in peace.”