Father of 4 fatally shot in front of kids; suspect flees with victim’s fiancé


by Andrew Horansky and Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News


Posted on December 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 7:47 PM

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HOUSTON – Houston police are searching for the suspect who fatally shot a man in front of his children at a northeast Houston home early Thursday. That suspect then fled the scene with the victim’s fiancée, police said.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. on Bobby Burns Street near Howton Street.

HPD said Ronalee Deandre McGuire got into an argument with his fiancé in a bedroom where his four children, ages 9 to 12, were sleeping.

Police believe the fiancée’s 19-year-old son came into the room and fatally shot the 35-year-old father.

The shooter and his mother then left the scene, police said.

“It’s a hurting thing. Anytime you lose someone it hurts, especially like that,” Ardell Garrett, the victim’s uncle, said. McGuire died inside the home, but his children were not injured.

Just hours before the shooting, McGuire and about 75 other people were at the home celebrating Christmas.

“He had four kids; he was really close to his kids. I don’t know why somebody would sit there and take his life,” family friend Greg Brooks said. “He’s my friend; it’s a tragedy that someone like him, a good person like him, is dead now.”

The victim’s fiancée and her son have not been seen since the shooting. Many are trying to make sense of this, especially since he was a mentor to many.

“He also hosted a basketball league with the kids. He wanted my kid to be a part of it,” said Craig Martin, a family friend.

“It’s hard to accept any kind of death like that. He was a father to his kids, a man that worked, took care of his kids, just a good honest man, worked and took care of his business like any young man supposed to,” said the victim’s uncle.

McGuire went to school at Texas Southern University and worked for Verizon wireless.

Anyone with information was asked to call HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS.