Sketches of suspects wanted in shooting death of man on Houston’s east side released

Young man shot and killed during robbery attempt
Young man shot and killed during robbery attempt

HOUSTON – Homicide investigators have released two sketches of men wanted in the shooting death of a 22-year-old man earlier this month on Houston’s east side.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting happened on Nov. 13 around 9:40 p.m., in the 250 block of Uvalde at the Graham Apartments.

Authorities said 22-year-old Julian “Juju” Cobos was shot and killed when three men approached him while he was in a common area near Building 17 with a friend. The men attempted to rob him and when Cobos fled, he was shot, authorities said.

A sketch of the third man has not been released.

His mother, Nancy Cobos, said the past two weeks have been extremely hard.

“They stole my baby from me. They stole the father of my granddaughter,” she said.

She said her son loved being around his family.

“He had the biggest heart and he loved his daughter. That was his world now to see that she is going grow up without him it’s hard,” she said.

Nancy Cobos said he was visiting a friend when the three men tried to rob them.

“One of them must have pulled out the gun and my sons’ reaction was to run and when he ran, they shot him multiple times in his back,” she said.

Julian was taken to the hospital where he died. During the investigation, witnesses told deputies he participated in a drug deal. His mother says it’s not true.

“I also got a story that he was working on his car because his hood was open. I’ve been getting all these stories and it’s like if the apartment complex had their surveillance camera on and working like they should have then we could have gotten more details on what exactly happened,” Nancy Cobos said.

Cobos is hoping the new information and sketches of the suspects will give her family some answers.

“Just the fact that these people are enjoying life and my son is not here to enjoy his,” she said.

If you have any information in this case, contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000.

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