Vigil held for taco truck owner shot and killed during fight with alleged robber in SE Houston

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Monday, October 16, 2023
Vigil held Sunday for slain owner of SE Houston taco truck
Several people returned to the taco truck once owned by Roberto Almaguer to pay their respects two days after police say an alleged robber fatally shot him following an altercation.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Family and friends of a southeast Houston taco truck owner who was shot and killed on Friday returned to the area to hold vigil in his honor.

Roberto Almaguer was shot and killed by a robbery suspect who held him and his three employees at gunpoint while closing the shop just after 3 a.m. at a Chevron gas station located near the I-45 Gulf Freeway and Monroe Road, police said.

ORIGINAL REPORT: Taco truck owner shot and killed during fight with robbery suspect in southeast Houston, police say

On Friday, police said the suspect entered the taco truck and demanded money before a fight broke out between Almaguer and the man. The fight spilled outside of the truck before shots were fired.

According to police, Almaguer was shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspected robber then fled the area near Monroe Road.

Another employee called police, but it was too late.

Friends and family returned two days later to pay their respects at the taco truck once owned by Almaguer. Since the shooting, loved ones have been leaving flowers at the site.

As of Sunday, police said there is no suspect in custody.

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