HOUSTON – It’s been almost six months and there are still no leads in a double murder that left an elderly couple dead. During a press conference Monday, Harris County sheriff’s deputies and the Reyes family asked for the community’s help in finding the suspect(s) responsible.
Rosalva Reyes, 61, and her 63-year-old husband, Ramiro Reyes, were returning separately to their home last September at 1:30 a.m.
Deputies said the couple had just left a hospital, where they visited a family member who died. That’s when deputies said someone began shooting at them in the 1100 block of Francitas in north Harris County.
Deputies said the shooter was in a black SUV and fired a rifle at Rosalvo’s car first. As her husband and son-in-law went toward her, the SUV circled back around and fired at them too, deputies said. The couple died. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez vowed to find the person or persons responsible and get them off the streets.
“When you look at that type of heinous crime like that the rest of the public is going to be at risk because these individuals are still out there,” Sheriff Gonzalez said. “We gotta our ourselves in their positions. If this happened to our family we would want that call to clear the case.”
The couple had been married for nearly 40 years. Officials said they are not sure why the couple was shot at or how many shooters were involved.
The couple’s son-in-law was injured in the shooting. On Monday, the family asked for the public’s help in getting the suspect off the streets.
“I ask the public to please put yourself in my position if these were your parents or grandparents. Today, it happened to our family. Tomorrow it may be your family. Please do the right thing and come forward if you know anything,” said Roxanna Villarreal, the couple’s daughter.
If anyone has any information regarding this case, they’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.