Funeral information released for Pearland librarian found shot to death

By Cathy Hernandez - Reporter, Sally Mamdooh - Reporter

PEARLAND, Texas - A Houston police sergeant was taken into custody in connection with the shooting death of his wife.

Hilario Hernandez, 56, was arrested just south of Corpus Christi after Belinda Hernandez, 52, was found shot to death inside their Pearland home Saturday, police said.

Hilario Hernandez Jr., a sergeant with the Houston Police Department, was taken into custody in Kingsville, south of Corpus Christi, after being wanted in connection with a murder investigation, sources confirmed.

Police in Kingsville arrested Hilario Hernandez later Saturday and transferred him to the Brazoria County Jail.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted, “Our hearts go out to Belinda Hernandez, her children, friends & colleagues. Please keep them in your prayers.”

Belinda Hernandez was a librarian at the Shadycrest Elementary School and a longtime Pearland Independent School District employee. 

PHOTOS: Belinda Hernandez

Christina Foos said her mother, Belinda Hernandez, is deeply missed by her family and community. She said her mother loved education.

“She loved reading, she believed education was one of the most important things, she believed in literacy and she wanted to instill that in the children to give them a bright future. She loved the children and loved working at Shadycrest,” Foos said. 

Belinda Hernandez leaves behind two children, a large family and a community that loved her. 

“I love her. She was a devoted a mother, wife, sister and friend, everyone has a hole in their heart because she filled it so much with love,” Foos said.

Red roses sat in front of the school's sign Monday and grief counselors were on campus for those affected by Belinda Hernandez’s death.

The district released a statement saying:

“Mrs. Hernandez was a beloved, longtime employee who worked for Pearland ISD for 15 years. Pearland ISD will provide counselors for students and staff for as long as needed."

There is no word on if Hilario Hernandez has been relieved of duty.

According to her obituary, Belinda Hernandez will be laid to rest Saturday at 10 a.m. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.

Belinda Hernandez leaves behind a son and daughter.

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