Just before 4 pm Tuesday, according to Houston police, Pedro Enrique-Garcia Rosabal, 34, called his wife to say he'd just picked their two kids up from summer school and was going to kill them.
Turns out Rosabal made good on his threat, shooting his 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son with a .380 semi-automatic in his Lexus before turning the gun on himself, police say. The two children were pronounced dead at the scene, in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 6110 Fairdale. Rosabal was taken to Ben Taub hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.
Houston police spokesman John Cannon tells Body Count that the police received a 911 call at about 5:15 from a maintenance worker at the apartment complex reporting that a couple of kids were locked inside a car in the parking lot. A few minutes later, police received another 911 call from the apartment building, this time from a woman resident.
According to police, the woman said she parked next to the Lexus at about 3 pm and noticed the car was running and that a man who appeared to be sleeping was in the drivers seat. A few hours later she returned to the parking lot and noticed the Lexus was still running, so she asked the maintenance man to call the cops.
Cannon says that Rosabal was depressed over marital problems with his estranged wife. Police do not know why he took his children to that particular apartment building to kill his children, but that Rosabal knew the maintenance man there and several residents and had taken his two kids swimming there on Sunday.
Killing in the name of self-defense once again reared it head this morning as it appears the homeowner of 5507 Susanna in Spring defended his home from a 17-year-old who simply would not go away.
At around 10:30 yesterday, Harris County Sheriff's deputies found Vidal Herrera had been shot once in the stomach. Herrera was taken to Hermann Hospital, where he later died.
According to investigators, the homeowner spotted Herrera in his yard and told him to leave. After Herrera did so, the homeowner picked up some personal property from where Herrera had been and took it back inside. In short order, Herrera returned looking for the items. The homeowner once again told Herrera to leave and the two began arguing. The homeowner then took out his .22 rifle and insisted that Herrera take off. Herrera did, but came back once again. The homeowner told deputies he feared for his life and shot Herrera.
The case is being forwarded to the Harris County Grand Jury without charges.
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Missouri City homicide detectives started working on their first murder case of the year early Sunday morning when they began investigating the killing of a man parked in his car on the 7600 block of Cicada.
Police found the body of Jason Kallingkudiyil, 27, in the front seat of his tan Lincoln Aviator with a gunshot wound to his head, Sgt. Dwayne Williams tells Body Count. The car was parked in front of a house that is under construction and is being built by his parents, Williams says. Investigators do not yet know who killed Kallingkudiyil or why, or why he was parked in front of that particular home.
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Anyone with information concerning these investigations is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.