Police need help in solving cold case murder in SW Houston

HOUSTON Back on July 18, 2008, Javier Ramirez Cruz, 23, met his brother at a night club along the Southwest Freeway and Gessner. They left at closing time and, in separate cars, went to their apartment in the 6200 block of Marinette.

The brother was able to open the complex gate, but before a security guard could let Cruz in, a newer model small gray four-door car pulled. Someone jumped out with a shotgun, approached Cruz's car and fired through the driver's side window, striking Cruz.

The suspect then got back into his car and took off northbound on Marinette.

The security guard says there were no altercations at the complex prior to the shooting. Cruz's brother and employees from the club were interviewed and denied that any fights or arguments took place there.

The shooter is described as an 18 to 25 year old Hispanic male 5'5" to 5'7" tall and weighing about 150 pounds. Attached is a composite sketch of the shooter.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-8477 tips hotline or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org that leads to the identification, charging or arrest of any of the suspects in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message - Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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