Houstonians Fill Northside Church For Josue Flores’ Funeral

Relatives, elected officials and Houstonians who felt shocked by the crime filled the Holy Name Catholic Church.


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The pallbearers were greeted by a priest before entering the Holy Name Catholic Church, located north of downtown Houston.

The pallbearers were greeted by a priest before entering the Holy Name Catholic Church, located north of downtown Houston.

Relatives, elected officials and Houston residents attended a funeral mass on Tuesday for Josue Flores, the 11-year-old boy who was killed last week when he was walking to his home from school in the Northside Village neighborhood.

The funeral mass took place at the Holy Name Catholic Church, near the place where Josue lived.

The church was filled with people and it was an emotional farewell for the victim of a crime that has shocked the city.

Some of the mourners commented they are frustrated and worried because, so far, the authorities haven't made an arrest in the case.

Charges against the man who was initially apprehended were dismissed last week.

Johnny Mata, a community activist who currently chairs the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice, said Josue's death must not have been in vain.

"I think that it's a wake-up call that we have to make sure that taxpayers money go into appropriate policing, mental health programs, the homeless, because we are all one big family," Mata commented.

Juan and Maria Flores, Josue's parents, as well as his siblings, participated in the funeral mass.

Mayor Sylvester Turner attended the funeral, as well as Houston City Council member Karla Cisneros, who represents District H, which includes the area where the crime was committed.

"It's a shared loss to the whole community, really to all of Houston. People all across the city have expressed their deep sadness and their outrage at this," noted Cisneros as she talked about the impact the boy's death has had.

District I Council member Robert Gallegos reminded people that authorities "are urging anyone that knows anything, even if it's a slight information, to please call the HPD (Houston Police Department) and give them that information."

"We are determined that we will find this individual," Gallegos added, in reference to Josue's killer.

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