Teen accused of killing store clerk in custody on immigration hold

Second gunman is still at large.

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HOUSTON – One of the men accused of killing a store clerk Nov. 10 has been taken into custody on an immigration hold and charged with murder. 

According to police, Jose Bonilla-Ortiz, 18, of Honduras, was taken arrested Saturday, a week after the shooting at the Metro Food Mart near Witte Road left Faruk Bhuiya, 48, dead.

Bhuiya was a beloved member of the community and was well-known by customers who visited his store.

His wife told KPRC 2 that her husband was loved by anyone he came across. That was proven on Nov. 11, when several of Bhuiya’s customers attended a candlelight vigil in his honor. 

“He was always friendly. I usually come up here with my middle child and he was always so nice and friendly with her," said one of Bhuiya’s former customers.

Bonilla-Ortiz is being held at the Harris County Jail. His bond is set at $250,000, but he can't post bond until his ICE immigration hold is lifted.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released the following statement regarding the case:


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