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HOUSTON A woman talking to her husband on thephone heard yelling and gunshots shortly before he was found dead on a northeast Houston sidewalk, police said early Friday.

The cell phone then went dead.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. on Tidwell Road at Parkway Forest Drive as the man walked home from a nearby store.

Police believe the man was the victim of a robbery before he was fatally shot. There was no early word on who the suspect might be.

Homicide investigators said the man, who was later identified as 55-year-old Gabriel Morales, was just a family man minding his own business before becoming a victim in a bad neighborhood.

Anyone with information is asked to call HPDHomicide at 713-308-3600 or Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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