Neighbor: Woman shot to death near southwest Houston elementary school

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 11:11 PM

HOUSTON -- A man with his cell phone captured a frightening scene at the end of the school day on Tuesday near Rockyridge and Pagewood in southwest Houston.

"I heard the shots and boom," said James Durbin, who stepped outside after the disturbing noise.

Immediately, he noticed the body of a woman who had just been gunned down in front of a house down the road from Emerson Elementary School.

"I came out to the front of the house and saw a bunch of kids screaming call 911," said Durbin. "So I did."

But by the time police pulled up it was too late. The woman died right where it happened. Family members identified the victim as Yolie Perez, a 25-year-old immigrant mom who moved to the states from Honduras less than a year ago.

The violence shattered the calm all throughout the neighborhood.

"It's surprising," said local pastor Kendall Baker. "It's been quiet in this neighborhood. We're going to step up our prayers and ask the congregation to pray more."

Police, meanwhile, searched for clues. But they said the victim was on her way to Emerson to pick up her daughter when it happened.

"As she was walking around the path of the sidewalk, she was approached by a Hispanic male who shot her multiple times," said homicide detective Eli Cisneros. "The suspect was last seen running away toward an apartment complex," he said. "We don't have a motive as to why this happened."

Family members said someone tried to shoot Perez a couple of weeks ago and that she had filed a report with police. They said she had been fearful for her life but did not have any known enemies.

Police were seeking the public's help as they continued to search for clues.

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