What we know about victims in Rosenberg-area shootings

By Rose-Ann Aragon - Reporter, Taisha Walker - Reporter

ROSENBERG, Texas - Three people were killed and one was wounded after a man shot his ex-girlfriend, her mother and her brother before taking his own life.

Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office deputies said the ex-girlfriend was getting a ride with a friend and the friend’s daughter when her ex-boyfriend followed her and shot at her while she was in the car.

Deputies identified the shooter as 42-year-old Juan DeLeon Jr. The ex-girlfriend was taken to a hospital. Deputies said DeLeon then went to the woman's family's home in the 5000 block of Navajo Court and shot and killed the ex-girlfriend's mother and brother.

Since Tuesday's shooting, KPRC 2 has learned the victims' identities. Here is what we know about them so far:

What we know about the victims

Investigators released the identities of the victims Wednesday morning. Gloria Rivera, 64, is the ex-girlfriend's mother, and 40-year-old Fabian Rivera is the ex-girlfriend's brother.

The ex-girlfriend has not been named, but relatives said she suffered minor scrapes and was released from the hospital. The couple separated Monday, according to relatives.

Family members tell KPRC 2 that Gloria Rivera and Fabian Rivera were very loving and kind.

"She's been a great sister, loving wife, great mom to her kids and a grandmother to her...grandchildren," Gloria Rivera's brother, Art Cantu, said.

Gloria Rivera was married to her husband since 1975 and had three children, including DeLeon's ex-girlfriend and Fabian Rivera. Her brother said she was bedridden and likely had no chance against the shooter.

"She wasn't very mobile," Cantu said while getting emotional. 

"She didn’t have any opportunity to defend herself in any way," Jennifer Cantu, Art Cantu's wife, said.

Art Cantu believes his nephew, Fabian Rivera, died trying to protect his mother. He was not married and did not have any children.

Family members said this is an extremely difficult time and that the family is still processing what happened. 

The Riveras have a GoFundMe account set up to help with funeral expenses.

As for DeLeon, investigators said after shooting the family members, he drove to an area near Highway 36 and Comanche Boulevard and shot himself in the head. DeLeon died at a hospital.

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