Son accused of killing parents

October 2, 2010 4:39:23 PM PDT
A man is in custody, accused of shooting and killing his elderly parents after police say he was told to move out. We're learning more about the victims and what happened. The victims' bodies were found in their home off East X Street and Meadowlark in Deer Park.

Steven Fontes is expected to be transferred here to the Harris County Jail from Deer Park. He moved to Texas from California to live with his parents. On Friday, police say, he killed them.

A freshly cut lawn and pristine blossoms, Shirley Fontes wouldn't have the home looking any other way.

"The last time I saw her was last week, she was there, working in her little yard, and that was it," a friend of the couple said.

On Friday night, Deer Park police say Shirley Fontes and her husband, Al, were shot dead in their home by 55-year-old Steven Fontes, Al's son from his first marriage. He moved in with the couple last year.

"He was down on his luck, unemployed and was gonna come and get to know his dad," the friend said.

Police say after Fontes shot his dad and step-mother, he called 9-1-1. When police arrived, he walked out of the house, surrendering with his hands up.

"We turned in, and when the girls were getting out, I just heard 'Stay down! Stay down!'" the friend said.

Neighbors say the couple-- both in their 80s -- didn't let age slow them down. Both traveled and were involved at the Deer Park United Methodist Church.

"They're gonna definitely lose a wonderful generous couple that were involved in the community," neighbor Heather Tyson said.

Not only veterans of this street, Al and Shirley Fontes were both veterans of the U.S. military. She is a retired colonel. Their neighbors say they would never imagine this would be the way Shirley or Al would go.

"They were just real great people," Tyson said. "It's a real tragic thing 'cause they definitely weren't anybody that would deserve something like this, by no means."

Fontes is charged with capital murder. He will remain in jail without bond.


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