Suspect sketches released in fatal car wash shooting

December 14, 2011 4:45:28 PM PST
More than two weeks after their loved one was robbed and murdered at a local carwash, a Houston family is making a plea for help to find his killer.

Houston police have released sketches of the two suspects and they're hoping someone can identify the men. Police believe the men are no strangers to crime and the victim's family is asking for help before someone else gets hurt.

Detectives believe the two suspects in the sketches may be the people who robbed and killed Jose Bonilla back on the morning of November 28. Investigators say Bonilla was vacuuming his car at the car wash on Harwin near Gessner when two strange men approached and assaulted him. Detectives say at some point, the 28-year-old victim tried to get away, but one of his attackers shot the young father multiple times.

The suspects fled the scene. One suspect is described only as a Hispanic male wearing a light gray hoodie, blue jeans and sunglasses. The other is described only as a black male wearing a dark-colored hoodie.

Now Bonilla's family and police want to get the suspects off the streets.

"We're making an appeal to the Hispanic community in the area there. We believe these suspects are to be known by someone there and we're asking them to come forward irregardless of what their immigration status is because that's not what we're concerned with. We're concerned about finding out who killed Jose," said HPD Officer John Johnston.

Bonilla's widow, Dinora, tried fighting back tears during a news conference pleading for the public's help. She called her husband a good father and sole provider who didn't deserve such a violent death.

Bonilla leaves behind a wife and two little girls -- a 4-year-old and an 8-month-old.

Life is never going to be the same, Dinora said through tears, as the family struggles to find money to have Bonilla sent to his native El Salvador for burial.

For now the family is hoping someone who knows the identity of these capital murder suspects speaks up. Police are asking anyone for information to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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