HPD: Landscaper shot to death outside home

By Gianna Caserta - Reporter , Jill Courtney

HOUSTON - A death investigation is underway on the south side of Houston after a landscaper's body was found in a ditch outside of his home.

The family just moved here a few months ago and now they are looking for answers. Nobody can imagine who would want to kill 36-year-old Jose Gomez, who runs a landscaping business with his brother.

Houston police officers say around 5 a.m. Friday morning, Gomez walked out of his house to get ready for work. He opened the door to his truck and that is when neighbors and family members heard gunshots. When they came outside, Gomez was found dead in a ditch in the 4600 block of Phlox Street near Cullen Boulevard from gunshot wounds.

"He has a lawn service, gets up at 5 to start his day, don't know why someone would kill him," said HPD Spokesperson Latonia Bailey.

Local 2 spoke with Gomez's brother who said the victim kept to himself and lived his life for his family and work.

"He never had no problems with nobody, he ever started anything with anybody, he loved his girl and her kids," said Gilbert Gomez, the victim's brother.

Gilbert Gomez said his brother never carried anything valuable on him or in his truck.

"That truck doesn't lock," said Gomez. "We don't keep equipment in it. He doesn't keep much cash on him. His prized possession is his cell phone; maybe a few dollars here and a box of cigarettes. That's about it."

Investigators spent hours processing the scene and collecting evidence, trying to figure out who shot and killed the victim right in front of his home.

While homicide detectives continue their investigation, they ask anyone with information to call the Houston Police Department at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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