Who killed Iris Santos? Police still searching for answers following fatal shooting of transgender woman in Chick-Fil-A parking lot

Iris Santos was shot to death outside of Chick-Fil-A
Iris Santos was shot to death outside of Chick-Fil-A (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Police are still searching for answers in the fatal shooting of a transgender woman outside a west Houston fast-food restaurant.

The shooting happened around 9:32 p.m. on April 23 at the Chick-Fil-A on Westheimer Road near Fondren, authorities said.

Police said surveillance video showed the victim, Iris Santos, sitting at a picnic table outside the restaurant when she was approached by a stranger and shot multiple times.

Investigators said the manager at the restaurant heard gunshots and alerted authorities. When officers arrived, police said they found Santos suffering gunshot wounds. The 22-year-old was transported to a hospital, where she later died.

Iris Santos in this undated photo released by Houston Crime Stoppers on May 12, 2021. (Crime Stoppers of Houston)

Santos’ mother, Maria Carreon, spoke to KPRC 2 and said she found out about her daughter’s death from neighbors, two days after the incident.

Carreon said while she continues to grieve her daughter’s death, she is also hurt by the pain and violence her daughter experienced while she was alive.

According to Carreon, people would grab trash cans and throw them at Santos. After the fatal shooting, Carreon said she just wants to know why.


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