Man Murdered for Playing Loud Music in His Truck, Perpetrators on the Loose
On December 3 around 3:30 a.m., Silas Armando Najera-Hernandez and three other men were driving around the parking lot at Bar Uno, located at 5829 South Gessner Drive in southwest Houston.
As Najera-Hernandez navigated the silver Ford F-150 pickup through the crowded lot, loud music screamed out of the vehicle. According to the Houston Police Department, the truck parked behind a dark green Toyota 4Runner. Noisy music could be heard from the SUV.
Moments later, at least one person inside of the SUV opened fire on the Ford pickup. Najera-Hernandez, a 23-year-old landscaper, was killed. Another man inside of the truck was injured.
The suspects fled and have yet to be identified or caught. One is described as tall, balding and heavyset, and the other wore a baseball cap. They both spoke Spanish.
"The truck had tinted windows on it. There could have been a kid inside. Even though it was three in the morning, there could have been a kid inside," says Houston Police Department homicide investigator Mark Condan during a press conference last week.
"Multiple rounds hit the truck, so they have just no respect for any kind of human life," adds Condan.
Najera-Hernandez doesn't appear to have a criminal record, according to a public records search performed by Hair Balls. HPD believes that the killing was unmotivated and senseless.
They also think that some people saw what happened in the parking lot, so Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000. Anyone with any information is urged to call 713-222-TIPS.
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