Man accused in stabbing death of 11-year-old boy faces judge; bond denied

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Bond was denied for the stabbing suspect in the killing of an 11-year-old boy in north Houston. Jeff Ehling reports. (KTRK)

Che Calhoun, the man accused of killing 11-year-old Josue Flores in north Houston, appeared before a Harris County judge overnight.

UPDATE: Charges against Che Calhoun were dropped on Friday, May 20

Calhoun is charged with the murder on Tuesday, but the day before the alleged attack, Calhoun was reportedly in a fight along the light rail line just a few blocks from the knife attack location.

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During the fight, Metro Police say they used a Taser on Calhoun, but he was able to get away. He left his backpack behind and that had his ID in it, according to authorities.

Calhoun's picture was shown to witnesses who saw the attack and they claim to have seen Calhoun running away.

Police say those witnesses identified Calhoun as the man who stabbed Flores.

Calhoun is known as one of many local homeless men who live on the north side and residents there want the city to do something to make the near north side area safe.

Juan Flores, Josue's brother, said, "I still can't believe what happened to my younger brother...but I just hope that whatever did, whatever happened, happened for a reason and there will no longer be anything like this ever happen, like I said to the mayor, I want there to be change. So that any kids can walk any time of the day and not have to fear for their life, that can go to the store or walk from school and get home safe."

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a community meeting yesterday, "The question is where do we go from here? And what I want you to know is the city of Houston hears you, the city of Houston sees you and that the city will not ignore you. ... I do want people to be able to leave their homes and walk up and down the street and be safe, I do want that to happen. I don't want people to feel as though you just have to stay locked up in their homes, or that your children can't be outside or walk down the street."

This afternoon there will be a vigil for Josue Flores at Marshall Middle School. It begins at 2pm and tomorrow Dels Ice Cream is holding a fundraiser for the Flores family at 11am.

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