PASADENA, Texas – Pasadena police are asking for the public's help identifying the man they said is responsible for killing an 83-year-old grandfather on Sunday.
Around 6:45 a.m., in the 4200 block of Shaver Street, police said the body of Pedro Munive was found in the parking lot of his apartment complex near a vehicle. Munive had injuries to his head, police said.
Pasadena police said a man jumped the fence from the complex next door and was seen on surveillance video approaching Munive.
“He was confronted by the suspect,” said Lt. Thomas Warnke, of the Pasadena Police Department. “There was a conversation that at some point turned violent. The suspect ended up striking the victim multiple times and kicking him to death. It appeared, at some point, he went through the victim’s pockets.”
It is unclear why the man beat Munive.
Mario Munive said his grandfather helped raise him.
"He was (like) my father. He raised me," Mario Munive said. "He was a great man and kind to everyone. He was active and it was sad to see that he went that way ... especially under the circumstances."
The incident stunned neighbors who knew Pedro Munive for his kindness.
“He used to say, 'Bless you,'” Jasmine Cuveas said. “He'd say, 'Have a nice day.' He used to tell you stay in school, do your best. He’d say anything for you to have a really good day.”
Police are searching for a suspect who was seen on surveillance video in the area. He is described as being Hispanic, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He has close-shaven beard and a distinctive tattoo on his left shoulder, police said.
Mario Munive said he hopes someone will recognize the man in the surveillance video.
"If you know this individual, don’t be scared to come forward," he said.
A memorial of balloons and flowers for Pedro Munive was started along the side of the apartment complex parking lot where he was killed.
His neighbors said they cannot believe such a violent end came to such a nice neighbor.
“I'm sad because he didn't do nothing to nobody, not ever,” said Cuveas.
Police are asking anyone with information about the man in the video to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to the charging and/or arrest of the man.