A Houston vehicle mechanic was allegedly gunned down over a $500 mend invoice two days in advance of Xmas, and his household is now pleading with the general public to aid them come across his killers.
Luis Manuel Casillas, 29, was operating at his body shop, Casillas Swaps, in the 7600 block of the North Freeway, when witnesses saw him arguing with a buyer, in accordance to Houston-based mostly ABC affiliate KTRK.
Casillas’ sister, Sandy Casillas, told FOX 26 that her brother had planned to acquire his payment for fixing his alleged killer’s truck. But when the unidentified man arrived to pick up his car or truck, he was accompanied by 5 other Hispanic males in two trucks and refused to pay his invoice, according to the family.
When the adult males allegedly turned intense, Casillas fled, claims his household.
“My brother commenced operating,” Sandy Casillas instructed KTRK she discovered from witnesses. “He ran as a result of all the facet corporations he could operate via. They did capture up to him, and they shot him in the head. [Point] blank. They put him on his knees and they shot him in the head.”
Image: Facebook/Sandy Yarely
The victim’s sister told KHOU 11, a CBS-affiliated Houston station, that Casillas begged for his everyday living in advance of he was shot.
“He begged them, ‘I have a relatives, just acquire whatever you want.’ And they reported ‘no,'” Sandy Casillas told the outlet.
Two witnesses tended to the mortally-wounded mechanic right up until unexpected emergency services arrived, the outlet reported. Casillas succumbed to his accidents at a nearby medical center.
Law enforcement have but to release a description of the alleged killers, but the victim’s family members statements to know who killed Casillas. The victim’s brother, Jose Casillas, explained to KHOU that he had spoken to the mechanic the working day of his murder about the unruly customer ahead of the deadly incident, and even obtained screenshots of textual content conversations between his brother and his alleged killer.
“Following that, I just been given a contact that my brother has been shot,” he told the outlet tearfully exterior the Funeraria Del Angel in El Paso, which is overseeing the victim’s Thursday funeral. “I failed to imagine it at very first.”
“Detectives are investigating the occasions major up to the shooting and aiming to get well attainable online video footage of the incident,” the Houston Law enforcement Office said in a press release.
Casillas leaves driving a wife, Maria, and two daughters, aged 2 and 3, according to his obituary.
His relatives reported he experienced supposed to use the disputed $500 payment to finish his Xmas procuring for his children. Those small children, nevertheless way too younger to realize what had transpired, opened presents on Christmas.
“Santa was coming with Daddy, but Santa showed up, but Daddy didn’t,” Sandy Casillas mentioned, in accordance to KTRK.
“They failed to just choose $500. They took a life, they took our lifetime, they took a father,” Sandy Casillas also explained, KTVU documented.
Friends and family members gathered close to the crime scene on Xmas Working day to mourn and to vow justice.
“They took out AK-47s, they took out guns, to all those 6 people today, you know who you are, I will locate you!” Sandy Casillas instructed the group, claimed KTVU. “Justice will be accomplished for my brother and his family members.”
She reported she hopes that justice is served swiftly.
“You really don’t do that to human beings,” Sandy Casillas claimed, in accordance to KTRK. “You do not do that to animals. How do you do that to my brother? What they did is not fair and if you might be the mother of people 6 people, at least be a fantastic adequate mom to switch your child in.”
A GoFundMe initiative arranged for Casillas’ youngsters has lifted $3,685 of a $10,000 purpose as of Wednesday afternoon.
“For people of you that realized him, you knew that he was the lifestyle of the party, the humorous man, the just one who created us giggle when we wanted it,” reads the GoFundMe, published by Gloria Medel. “Anyone will inform you that you must put together for dying, that it is unbeatable. Luis deserved to beat it, to be right here with his family members. He brightened so lots of life with his perception of humor, loud belly chortle, and selflessness.”
Any individual with information relating to the killing is requested to call the Houston Police Division Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Criminal offense Stoppers at 713-222-Ideas.