HOUSTON – The man accused of stabbing an 11-year-old boy to death is expected to be in court at some point. Now we are seeing exclusive surveillance video of the run-in Che Calhoun had with police one day before the murder.
Police and family members said Josue Flores, 11, was stabbed to death Tuesday afternoon while walking home from Marshal Middle School.
Che Calhoun, 31, was captured without incident Wednesday afternoon by U.S. marshals in southeast Houston. He was charged with murder in the case.
Police said Josue was walking down Fulton near James when Calhoun, walking in the opposite direction, suddenly crossed the street and repeatedly stabbed the boy.
Sgt. Tommy Ruland said the attack was "unprovoked." Investigators have not identified a motive.
According to METRO, Calhoun was involved in a fight Monday around 6 p.m. at 2100 North Main Street. Officers tried to arrest him and he resisted. Officers then used a Taser. After the second attempt, Calhoun fell but jumped up and ran, METRO said. METRO called in the Houston Police Department K-9 unit to help in a search but were unable to locate Calhoun.
A woman who works on North Main didn't want to give her identity, but said she heard the commotion.
“He was fighting with someone else, but I just couldn't see with who,” the woman said. “I was scared. I was right there in the door.”
METRO police said Houston police helped search for Calhoun, but were unsuccessful. They searched for an hour and a half.
“They went around the block trying to find with the dogs and like I said there were motorcycles going around the neighborhood, as well,” the woman said.
Only six blocks away, people at the scene of Josue's murder said Monday's incident could've made Calhoun mad. They say so mad, he killed Josue.
“It could've been anybody. It could've been you. The devil takes anyone who's closeby,” Joe Sanchez said.
Wednesday, dozens of people started a march outside Josue’s school in honor of his life. Hundreds joined in as the group wound their way through the streets of north Houston.
"Northside stands together whenever it comes to a tragedy like this," an organizer said.
They made their way to a memorial of candles, balloons and stuffed animals, where they held a vigil. It is the spot where Josue was stabbed multiple times and died. A 31-year-old man is in jail, charged with his stabbing death.
Amid the prayers offered at the vigil were calls for justice, tears that were shed, and parents, like Maria Mendoza, who are still trying to explain to their children how this could've happened.
"It's hard," said Mendoza. "It's hard to tell a 12-year-old that her friend is gone."
"It could be anyone's child here. Anybody's child," said Salvador Ruiz, who attended the vigil. "It's not just them. It's for the next child. We're talking about justice for everyone."
Josue's family told Channel 2 that a private businessman has offered to pay for all funeral expenses for Josue's family.
Police said several witnesses heard loud screaming and saw a man struggling with Josue. Josue collapsed on the grass near the sidewalk and the man ran, police said.
Josue was taken with multiple stab wounds to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The senseless killing has left Josue's family and friends heartbroken.
“He fought ‘til the last second. He fought. He didn't give up,” sister Guadalupe Flores said.
Hundreds turn out for march & vigil to honor 11 year old Josue Flores who was stabbed to death in north Houston yesterdayPosted by KPRC2 Keith Garvin on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Flores' family has set up a GoFundMe account.
A day later, the arrest of his accused murderer brought hope.
“It feels too good to be true that they caught him that fast so I really do hope it is him,” Guadalupe Flores said. "I just hope he does his time and he finds God and he repents for what he did.”
KPRC's Cathy Hernandez asked Guadalupe Flores, “What do you hope he tells investigators?”
“That he did do it and least that he's sorry. (That he) shows some kind of compassion,” said Guadalupe Flores.
At the intersection of Fulton and James, community members showed support with balloons, flowers and stuffed animals.
“He was such a loving boy. Never wanted to hurt anybody. He wanted to go to school. He was so focused,” said Guadalupe Flores.
Strangers stopped to honor the boy.
“It doesn't matter what race it is. It's an 11-year-old. This is a senseless crime,” Shabezz Brown said.
Despite cruelty of the crime, the Flores family wants justice and not the accused killer’s life.
“It's not in my heart to do it. I don't wish death on anybody, even though it was done to my little brother, you can't fight fire with fire,” Guadalupe Flores said.
"He was in sixth grade," said Flores' sister, Sofia Flores. "He wanted to be a doctor, he wanted to help people."
Sofia Flores, 16, said her brother had no enemies and was only two blocks from home when he was attacked.
"Everyone liked him," said Flores.
The boy's brother-in-law, Isidro Barrera, also struggled to understand why Josue would become a target.
"He don't have a phone, he didn't own an iPad, a laptop, anything. The only electronic he ever had was provided by the school," said Barrera.
The Houston Independent School District released the following statement Wednesday:
"HISD was notified that a Marshall Middle School student was stabbed to death off campus Tuesday after school. The Houston Police Department is investigating. Extra HISD police officers have been assigned to patrol the school area as a precautionary measure. This is an incredibly sad time for the school. We extend our support and sympathy to the family and friends of this student, as well as the school community. Additional counselors will be at the school Wednesday to provide support to students and staff."
HISD police said extra officers been assigned to patrol the school area Wednesday as a precautionary measure.
Additional counselors were on hand at Marshal Middle School for students and staff in need.
Community leaders and residents came together Thursday night to discuss the prevention of crime in the north Houston neighborhood.
Houston's Mayor addresses the community at a crime prevention town hall meeting after the murder of an 11 yr old.Posted by Jennifer Bauer on Thursday, May 19, 2016