Josue Flores remembered 2 years after his slaying

By Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor, Sophia Beausoleil - Reporter

HOUSTON - Thursday marks two years since Josue Flores was stabbed to death while walking home from his school in Houston’s Near Northside school.

Investigators said the 11-year-old boy was stabbed more than 20 times, but they are not sure why.
His killer has yet to be found.

Authorities named two suspects, both of whom have since been released. The first was cleared by his alibi. The second, a Marine named Andre Jackson, was released a year after his arrest when investigators said DNA evidence made it impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he is responsible for the crime. He is still a suspect in the case, prosecutors said.

“Justice has not been served at this point, all we can do is keep trying,” said Tom Berg, First Assistant of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Police Chief Art Acevedo has said he believes Jackson was the right suspect, but with the inconclusive evidence, the district attorney’s office said it needs someone to come forward with more information.

A little more than a year after Josue’s death, a law bearing his name was passed. The Josue Flores Act provides funding for transportation of children who live within walking distance to schools in dangerous neighborhoods.

A group called Safe Walk Home Northside pushed for the law and neighborhood watch programs in the area.

A vigil for Josue is planned Thursday afternoon.

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