A knife was found Wednesday several blocks from the site where 11-year-old Josue Flores was murdered while walking home from Marshall Middle School last week.
Police told reporters at the scene that a woman had spotted the knife in a storm drain on the corner of North Main and Henry and alerted the police immediately. From the looks of a KHOU photo, it appears to be a pocket knife. The police said they did not want to jump to conclusions about the knife and that it's too early to directly link it to Flores's murder. HPD spokesman John Cannon said the department would bring the knife into the lab for testing right away, but could not say how long it would take and wouldn't say whether blood was found on the knife.
"If there is a message, it's that this woman saw something and said something," Cannon said, as KPRC reported.
City and county officials drove home that same message Monday, when Mayor Sylvester Turner made a personal plea to Houstonians to please contact police immediately if they have any tips or leads or know something about who did this. Should anyone provide information leading to arrest, Turner said, there will be a $15,000 reward.
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Flores's family laid him to rest this week, and hundreds of people attended to pay their respects. At the site where he died, various community members are still selling flowers and balloons and lighting dozens of candles. A sign hanging from a canopy, blanketing the memorial from the rain, reads, "To Josue's killer, you will never find peace."