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Northside Residents Remember Josué Flores And Ask For Help With The Investigation

They held an event in honor of the 11 year-old boy, who was murdered two years ago

Courtesy of Joel Cisneros
Stella Mireles-Walters holds a banner that was part of a remembrance event for Josué Flores. The event was held on May 17, 2018, the day that marked the second anniversary of the murder of the 11 year-old boy in Houston's Northside neighborhood.

On the second anniversary of the murder of 11 year-old Josué Flores, residents of Houston's Northside neighborhood remembered the boy and asked to reignite the investigation, which remains open.

Flores was murdered on May 17, 2016, when he was walking from Marshall Middle School to his home. He was stabbed multiple times.

Back in July 2017, Andre Jackson, a homeless veteran who was arrested for Flores' murder, was released after the Harris County District Attorney's Office dropped the charges against him.

The DA's office explained the results of DNA and blood analyses were inconclusive, as reported by KHOU-CBS Channel 11.

Jackson isn't the only man who has been released in the course of the investigation.

Shortly after Flores' murder, another man was arrested and subsequently freed.

For the Houston Police Department (HPD), Flores' murder is an open investigation and Chief Art Acevedo said in July he still believes Jackson is the suspect.

Stella Mireles-Walters has been deeply involved in improving safety in the Northside neighborhood after Flores' murder.

She started the ‘Safe Walk Home Northside' program, which encourages residents to watch the neighborhood –particularly when children go to school and when they are returning to their homes— and alert HPD and other law enforcement agencies if they see somebody or something suspicious.

In an interview with Houston Public Media conducted before the remembrance event, Mireles-Walters explained it would entail beautifying a memorial site for Flores, which was originally set up after his murder, with a new wreath, as well as flowers and a banner that says “Justice for Josue.”

Nonetheless, Mireles-Walters underlined that one of the main goals of the remembrance event was to do a “call to action” to make progress in the investigation.

“We need to reignite a fire in anyone who can possibly have any evidence,” Mireles-Walters said.

“If you’ve ever given information, please give it again. If you held back and decided it wasn’t that important, please, you know, please volunteer that information again,” Mireles-Walters emphasized, while adding that many Northside residents “are very disappointed that the case has not been closed.”

Houston City Council Member Karla Cisneros and Silvia Trevino, Constable of Harris County’s Precinct 6 attended the remembrance event. Lieutenant Christopher Davis also attended representing HPD and, additionally, there was a representative from Crime Stoppers.

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