EDITOR'S NOTE: Since this story was published, charges have been dropped against Che Calhoun. Read updates here.

U.S. Marshals have arrested a man wanted for the fatal stabbing of an 11-year-old Houston boy.

Che Lajuan Calhoun, 31, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in southeast Houston after an intense search.

Calhoun is charged with murder in the death of 11-year-old Josue Flores, a 6th-grader at Marshall Middle School.

The young boy was attacked and stabbed to death on his way home from school Tuesday night in north Houston.

"I want him to go to jail for what he did, I want him to go to hell for what he did to my brother," said a tearful Sofia Flores Tuesday night.

By Wednesday, the family's tone had softened with news of the arrest because, they believe, that's the way Josue would want it.

"I want to feel angry but my brother wasn't about that -- he was about love," Guadalupe Flores said.

Police said Calhoun was walking down Fulton near James Street when he stabbed Flores several times for unknown reasons. The suspect fled, and the victim was taken to the hospital where he later died.

The boy's sister said he was walking home with just a backpack and didn't have a laptop or cell phone on him. She doesn't know why he was attacked.

The senseless killing caused outrage in the neighborhood.

"If I see him first, we're going to beat him and then call police," said T. Banks before Calhoun's arrest. "Hopefully, law sees him first 'cause a lot of people want to get him."

Community members say Calhoun is homeless and addicted to drugs. He has a history of violence and a long rap sheet with arrests for assaults on family members, terroristic threats and resisting arrest.

Josue Flores, 11, was attacked and stabbed to death on his way home from school in north Houston.
Josue Flores, 11, was attacked and stabbed to death on his way home from school in north Houston.

Carey Daniel knows Calhoun and played pickup basketball games with him.

"He was alright. He was kind of an aggressive dude. I took it maybe as Detroit swagger," Daniel said. "I didn't see nothing like that happening."

Police credit dozens of tips for Calhoun's arrest.

"I want to thank them because they were there," Guadalupe Flores said. "I thought it was going to be a lonely process of trying to do everything but everybody showed their support and came out."

Josue was a straight-A student who wanted to be a doctor.

"It's sad. It could have been one of my grandchildren, my children and it hits home," said an emotional neighbor.