'They don't deserve to be living': Man's family seeks justice after 2 teens charged with his murder

Saturday, January 28, 2023
'They don't deserve to be living': Man's family seeks justice after 2 teens charged with his murder
Christopher Aguilar, 18, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt. Now two teens are facing capital murder charges, plus additional charges for another crime on Jan. 16.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A 14-year-old and a 16-year-old are in custody for the deadly shooting of a young man they allegedly tried to rob in the Alief area last weekend.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez didn't name the teen suspects but said they both face capital murder charges.

They are also facing additional charges for a similar robbery that occurred in the same area on Jan. 16, just days before Christopher Aguilar's killing.

Aguilar's family has been waiting for this day.

While grieving, Vincent Zamora has had a mix of emotions since his cousin died.

"Rage, I'm not going to lie," Zamora said. "I had nothing but rage in me because I wanted justice for him."

He's had a hard time dealing with Aguilar's death.

"I miss him so much," Zamora said. "So much. Literally I've not stopped crying."

Aguilar, 18, was shot and killed on Lucky Star Drive Saturday morning. Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said it happened during a robbery attempt. Two people approached him asking for money and then shot him, investigators said. Aguilar, who was sitting in his SUV, then lost control and drove into someone's garage.

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Back at his house, another cousin was waiting on him.

"My little sister went to McDonald's with him. She got dropped off and we never saw him again," Nancy Ortega, Aguilar's cousin, explained. "That morning he was supposed to take me to work, and he wasn't answering my grandma's phone calls."

The family waited for days to get the news of an arrest.

"I was like, 'We finally got justice', but I hope they get the death penalty," Zamora said. "They don't deserve to be living. They took an innocent life."

The 18-year-old's death has his cousin wishing they had more time together.

"I wish I could have a (little) moment with him and tell him how much I miss him and everything," Zamora said. "We all really miss him a lot. It's just sad."

Sadly, Aguilar's family is familiar with this type of grief.

His mother, Lina Ortega, was murdered in southwest Houston 12 years ago. Her case remains unsolved.

The family has since created a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.

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