Mystery surrounds murder of Aldine ISD bus driver

September 2, 2011 3:08:37 AM PDT
A mother and her five daughters are distraught and confused after the murder of the sisters' father. He was killed on his way to work as a bus driver.

Houston homicide detectives are working on this case but so far, they have little to go on. Oscar Orzoco had worked for Aldine ISD for 10 years, most recently training others to be responsible bus drivers. He was well-liked and always showed up to work 15 minutes early. His family is just devastated.

"Still trying to process it," said Erica Orozco.

She is one of Oscar Orozco's five daughters. Early Thursday morning, his body was found lying on the street behind his car in the Greenspoint area. It appears someone walked up to his window with a shotgun and fired.

Oscar Orozco died at the scene. He had just pulled out of his apartment complex and was on his way to work at Aldine ISD where he had been a bus driver and trainer for 10 years.

"We have no idea what led to that. Who would do something to him like that? We're shocked because he's never been in trouble or he's never -- I don't even know what to say," Erica said.

Houston police also don't know why Oscar was killed. They're not sure if he was robbed because all that was missing were his keys. His car remained. Counselors were available on Thursday at the district's eastside transportation center on Lauder where he worked and was well-regarded.

At their northeast Houston home, his family was comforted by visitors. He and Martha Orozco were married for 25 years, and though divorced a few years ago, she still loved him.

"I'll miss him," Martha said.

As will his daughters and four grandchildren, who had little time to know their grandfather.

"It really hasn't hit us," Erica said.

A district spokesman says they are shocked by the murder. Homicide investigators haven't found any witnesses. If you have any information that may help, you're urged to call Houston police or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

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