Family of home invasion victim, Miguel Colon, speaks out about homicide arrest

Published: Jul 19 2013 04:39:19 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 19 2013 06:59:12 PM EDT
Miguel Colon - homicide scene
READING, Pa. -

One day after police said they cracked a pair of cold case killings, family members of one of the victims spoke out.

"So many years. Nine years is a lot of years," said Luis Angel Diaz, who was in shock at learning the name of the person who police said killed his brother, Miguel Colon, during a home invasion in 2004.

Norman Vega Jr., 30, is now facing homicide charges for his alleged role in that crime.

While Vega was behind bars on an unrelated crime, investigators said he revealed key information to a fellow inmate.

"I guess his conscious got to him. So, it was very surprising," Diaz said.

For Diaz, losing a brother is nothing new. In 1995, he lost one brother to leukemia. In 2004, he lost Miguel in the home invasion. Shortly after, another brother, grief-stricken over Miguel's death, committed suicide.

"Sometimes, like I wish I could call 'em, you know, just say, 'Hi. How are you doing?' But I can't," Diaz said.

Now, Diaz's family will have to relive the nightmare yet again.

The family endured the trial of Hector Soto, who was previously convicted for his role in Miguel's murder. Soto is currently serving a life sentence.

Now, the family will have to endure the trial of Norman Vega, who, it turns out, was identified to police by Miguel's good friend, Jason Stief.

Days after Stief identified Vega, authorities said Vega then killed him in the McDonald's drive-thru at North 9th and Spring streets in Reading.

"Basically, he gave his life for my brother, and to me, that's inspiring. That's something not a lot of people would do," Diaz said. "If it wasn't for Jason, maybe we would have never found out who really killed my brother."

Diaz said these crimes have worn his family down to such an extent that he's not even sure he will allow his mother to attend Vega's trial. His mother has a brain tumor, and Diaz doesn't want to subject her to any more emotional pain.

Police said the case remains open as more people are sought. Anybody with information about the homicides is asked to call Crime Alert Berks County immediately at 877-373-9913.

Anonymous calls are accepted, and you could earn a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest.