HOUSTON - Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department need help in identifying the suspect responsible for the murder of 18-year-old Geovanni Rios.
Rios was fatally shot around 1:37 a.m. on July 9.
Police say Rios was riding in a SUV in the 12300 block of the Gulf Freeway frontage road when a suspect began shooting at the SUV from an unknown direction. The driver of the Tahoe pulled into the parking lot after Rios had been wounded. He later died from his injuries.
Video surveillance cameras captured images of two dark-colored Buicks driving in front of the victim’s vehicle during the incident. A possible suspect appears to lean out the back passenger window of a car and shoot in the direction of the victim’s vehicle.
At the time, police believed the incident was road rage related, but now they believe gang members were traveling in the area and randomly shooting people.
“We believe this incident was a complete random act of violence in which another person here in the City of Houston lost their life,” said Robert Klementich, a detective with the Houston Police Department.
Police say the two Buicks were later spotted outside a nearby Bombshells restaurant. A witness described one of the drivers as a Hispanic male throwing up gang signs with tattoos all over his arms, chest, and back.
The victim’s loved ones are requesting help from the community in finding the individual responsible for this murder.
“He was so excited to live life. For someone to come take all those dreams away from him, it’s not fair,” said Stephanie Baze, the victim’s girlfriend. “Finding justice, it wouldn’t heal our hearts but it really would make us feel better.”
Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637) or via our mobile app (Crime Stoppers Houston). All tipsters remain anonymous.
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