Store clerk's murderer sought by police

April 10, 2008 1:03:50 PM PDT
Crime Stoppers is asking for help in finding the person who gunned down a beloved convenience store owner on the north side.Investigators are asking for the public's help because they have run out of leads in this case.

Joe Moses was murdered March 8 at his store on Crosstimbers at Castor. He was badly beaten and was killed just one week before his 71st birthday.

Moses opened the store between 7:30am and 8am that morning and was found shortly before 10am by one of his customers. He was badly beaten on the floor behind the counter. He was transported to Ben Taub Hospital, where he died later from his injuries.

Houston police believe the incident was a robbery, but they don't know how many suspects were involved in the case. The store was left in disarray. Authorities say the surveillance cameras were not working the day of the attack.

"To know that there is a murderer out there and if he did it once to a wonderful man that wouldn't hurt a fly, then God knows what he'll do to another very good person in the neighborhood," said Jacinda Briscoe, the Moses' daughter. "So, I just put my heart out. Please, by all means Independent Heights, this is at your front door."

In the sad twist of events for this family, Moses' wife died the very next day from an illness that she had been suffering with, leaving this family with a double loss.

There is a bus stop and washateria near the store and police are hoping that perhaps someone in one of those two areas could have seen someone who committed this crime.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called in to the 713-222-TIPS hotline that leads to the identification, arrest and charging of any suspect in this case. All callers remain anonymous.

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