‘She was my soulmate’: Husband pleads with public to help identify his wife’s killer

Husband makes public plea for help to solve the case

HOUSTON – Police are still looking for a suspect who shot and killed a woman in front of a bank on Sunday morning.

The incident happened in front of a Chase bank at the 2900 block of Woodridge Drive at around 12:45 a.m.

Police identified the victim as 49-year-old Mary Jane Gonzales.

Investigators with the Houston Police Homicide Division said an off-duty HPD officer was working an extra shift across the street on Gulf Freeway when he heard shots being fired. Once he arrived at the scene, he saw a person believed to be the suspect standing next to a body of a woman.

The HPD officer called paramedics to render aid to the female but she was declared dead at the scene, investigators say. The woman was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

“She did not deserve to die the way she did in the cowardly way that they killed her,” said Mary Jane’s husband Hector. “She was a good woman. She was a good person.”

The officer told investigators he chased the suspect on foot, but he had a head start and was able to get in a light-colored four-door sedan and flee the scene.

Investigators are still trying to find the motive of the shooting, but they believe it was an attempted robbery.

Police described the suspect as a male wearing a dark hoodie with blue lettering on the front.

Police released surveillance video an image of the suspect in the hope that someone will recognize the man.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Houston Police Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Hector also made a plea to the community for anyone with information about what happened to come forward.


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