Vigil held for John Hernandez, man who died after altercation with deputy, husband at Denny's

HOUSTON – About 100 people showed up Wednesday night in front of the Criminal Courthouse downtown to remember John Hernandez and show support to his family.

The 24-year-old husband and father died several days after an incident in a Denny's parking lot. Cellphone video recorded at the scene shows a Harris County Sheriff's deputy and her husband hold Hernandez down; the husband also had him in a chokehold.

Police said Hernandez became unconscious and spent several days in a coma before dying at a local hospital. His family and friends are outraged no arrests have been made.

On Wednesday, the Harris County DA's office announced it will present the case to the grand jury. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

"Johnny was such a good person," said Melissa Hernandez. "He was a generous person, and he didn't deserve what happened to him. It's really great to know the community comes together as one when we really do need them."

The cellphone video of the incident is difficult for the family to watch, she said.

"For me it was very difficult to watch. I had to actually leave the room when I saw the video," Melissa said.
Johnny Hernandez leaves behind a wife and young daughter.

The case now goes to the grand jury, which will decide if charges should be filed.

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