HOUSTON – Family members fear the fate of a missing University of Houston student.

An Nguyen can be a goof in photos. He is always posing with his tongue out, smiling and ready to club with friends, his brother said.

Despite having a degree in nursing, the 27-year-old enrolled in the University of Houston’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program because it seemed more fun, his family said.

He planned to run hotels and even had a job interview near Miami inked on his bedroom calendar. 

However, Nguyen never showed up. The guy known to always text loved ones his whereabouts is missing. His dented orange 2016 Jeep Renegade is gone too. 

“I refuse to use the word 'die,'” said Loc Nguyen, An’s brother. “You never know anything.”

Family have not seen or heard from An in five days. They try to stay positive, though. Nguyen’s parents even refuse to trash the cup of tea An made for himself on Friday.

Though every time they go through his well-organized room for clues or call his cell phone hoping he answers, they worry. His phone is turned off.

A friend last saw Nguyen leaving an apartment near Highway 249 and Mills Road Friday night.

Loc Nguyen insists his brother has no enemies, no illness, nor any reason to run. Loc Nguyen just wonders if An’s sexuality had anything to do with his disappearance.

“I think it looks like a hate crime or something,” he said. “Somebody gay like him or something and I don’t know what they want.”

Authorities cannot speak on a motive yet. They need tips. Loc Nguyen and others posted flyers everywhere they could hoping for help and another chance to see An Nguyen’s smile.