Father shot to death while bringing in daughter’s birthday cake at Chuck E. Cheese in Humble

The wife said she can't wrap her head around what happened

HUMBLE – A man was reportedly gunned down in the parking lot of a Humble Chuck E. Cheese on Friday night.

According to reports, 24-year-old Calogero Duenes was walking outside of the business located at 124 FM 1960 Business when he got into an argument with another man, who was driving a burgundy Ford.

Officers who were nearby said they heard the gunshots. When they arrived at the scene, officers said they found Duenes suffering from multiple bullet wounds.

Duenes was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Authorities said the suspected shooter fled the scene before they arrived.

According to Duenes’ wife, Amber Uresti, her husband was shot while holding his 6-year-old daughter’s birthday cake.

“It’s a tragedy. I really can’t wrap my head around it. Like, I’m hurt. I can’t understand how someone can do that to someone that’s holding a cake,” Uresti said. “We just went to go celebrate my daughter’s sixth birthday. I mean, that’s all he was tasked with. That’s all he had on him was a cake.”

Uresti said she and her husband have been together since they were teenagers. She said he leaves behind two daughters, a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old.

“My husband passed without me, without anybody to hold his hand, to comfort him,” she said. “I want justice. I want justice for my children, for Calogero.”

Duenes will be taken back to his hometown of Corpus Christi to be buried. His funeral will be held on Monday, Jan. 10. The family has set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.


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