Family: 6-year-old son of murdered pregnant woman doesn’t know his mom is dead


by Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 8:08 AM

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HOUSTON -- Family members of the 27-year-old pregnant woman who was brutally murdered while cleaning a Houston gentlemen’s club spoke about their heartbreak, and how her young son doesn’t know his mommy is gone.

Maria Lucrecia was five months pregnant with a baby girl and working as a cleaning lady at Eclipse Gentlemen’s Club in the 6800 block of Gessner when she was brutally murdered on March 22. Her body was found around 5:30 p.m. and she suffered blunt force trauma to the head, according to investigators.

Osvaldo Fernandez-Aguilar, 23, has been charged with capital murder. Investigators say surveillance video identified him as the suspect.

“I don’t have words to describe how I feel,” said Herman Castro, the victim’s husband.

“My family, we cry all the time,” said Juan Pacheco.

A manager from the night club says Aguilar was fired three weeks ago because of his aggressive behavior and anger issues. He killed Lucrecia, they say, over a thousand dollars.

“Osvaldo, if you’re watching this, you know if came to the management and asked for the money, we would’ve given it to you,” said Ross Sakaki, a manager. “We run a background check on all of our employees, but he was hired with a third party. Since we hired a security company, we trust them and run a back ground check and everything.”

The family says Lucrecia’s 6-year-old son usually goes to work with mom every day. That night, he begged to stay home with his father. The little boy doesn’t even know his mom is dead.

“Your mom right now is in the hospital, she’s sick. When he is going to the store, anything like that, he saw the little picture, anything like that, he say ‘I don’t know what happened with my mom,’” said Pacheco.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Fernandez-Aguilar is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.