HOUSTON -

A home invasion Thursday in southeast Houston ended with a father being shot to death inside his own residence.

There were no children home at the time, but the man that was murdered was inside this home with his sister-in-law, who is pregnant. That's when three men burst into the home to rob the place. Police say they ordered 27-year-old Miguel Hernandez to the ground and shot him to death.

His grief stricken mother collapsed into a ball of tears upon hearing that her son was shot to death inside his southeast Houston home. The tragic outpouring of emotion is the human side of what is taking place outside this home at the corner of Bessemer and Vannard as homicide detectives work inside to make sense of what happened.

"They went through the back of the house, they opened the back door and shot him, then they just took off," said a neighbor.

She says she saw the gunman racing away from the scene in a white car.

"He's a father, he's a husband," said friend Jasmine Jones. "He's a great person."

Jones said Hernandez was a construction worker, loving husband and father. She says Thursday afternoon he was preparing to celebrate with his wife and his 6-year-old daughter Anjelica's birthday.

"I am aching and I just can't believe this.  This is outrageous," Jones said. "I can't even process this at this moment."

Hernandez had just moved his family into this home a few days ago.

Houston police say the suspects were Hispanic men who spoke English, but had Spanish accents. They released the following descriptions:

  • Suspect 1: 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 120 pounds with short hair and brown eyes.  
  • Suspect 2: 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 130 pounds
  • Suspect 3: 6 feet 2 inches tall, about 200 pounds, with short hair and brown eyes.  

Police say a possible fourth suspect may have waited outside the home.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.