HPD: Final suspect arrested, charged with murder in savage gang initiation

HPD: Final suspect arrested, charged with murder in savage gang initiation

Marcus Washington (left) Esterrell Simpson (center) Maurice Eugene Hollis (right)

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on June 6, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 7 at 11:16 AM

Witte Road fatal attack

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HOUSTON—The third suspect in the brutal killing of man who was beaten and set on fire in west Houston has been arrested and charged with murder.

Police said Carlos Hernandez, a 30-year-old immigrant from El Salvador, was attacked around 4 a.m. Sunday, April 21, at the Brompton Square Apartments located on 1323 Witte Road.

Maurice Eugene Hollins and Marcus Washington beat Hernandez at the exit gate of the apartment complex and then Esterrell Simpson set him on fire before fleeing the scene, investigators said.

Police said it was hard to identify the victim.

“He was severely burned -- 92 percent of his body – visually, he’s not identifiable,” said Sgt. William Bush with the Houston Police Department.

Homicide investigators released surveillance video and composite sketches of the suspects after the attack. 

Simpson and Hollins were arrested and charged with murder in May. Washington was arrested on June 6.

Local activist Quanell X said he spoke with Simpson behind bars, where she has remained ever since she was arrested and charged with murder.

“She said they were all Black Disciple gang members,” said Quanell X.  “She said one of them was a Blood, who had just become a Black Disciple gang member and this was part of her initiation and his.”

The victim was the father of a 6 year old. He loved to play soccer and was well respected by everyone, his family said. The family was trying to raise $4,000 to send his remains to his mother in El Salvador.

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