Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News
Dallas police have investigated 140 homicides so far in 2012, that up from 133 in 2011 but down from 148 in 2010, but the family of Jeronimo Daza says one murder is too much.
Dallas police say this month has been one of the deadliest Novembers on record.
Twenty homicides have occurred in Dallas so far in November. Police have investigated 139 homicides this year so far, more than last year's total of 133 homicides.
However, Dallas police say that violent crime in the city overall is down by 1 percent. And while there will be more homicides this year as compared to last year, the department said it expects the homicide rate will be lower than in 2010, when the city had 148 homicides.
Six people have been killed in Dallas since Saturday, including two people who died in a shooting at an apartment complex on Monday afternoon.
Jeronimo Daza, 36, was gunned down outside the Red Roof Inn on North Central Expressway when he tried to defend a friend's girlfriend Sunday afternoon.
His sister, Guadalupe Daza, said the woman called her boyfriend because she was having some sort of dispute with a man and wanted help. She said her brother and the boyfriend showed up to defend her.
"The only thing we know is he got shot eight times," she said.
Guadalupe Daza said her brother, the second oldest of six siblings, was a father of three.
"When you asked him for a favor, he would do it," she said. "He was the best."
No arrests have been made in Jeronimo Daza's death or in any of other homicide cases from Saturday through Monday afternoon.