Family determined to find suspected shooter after transgender woman's murder

Friday, May 7, 2021
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The family of 22-year-old Iris Santos held a vigil outside of Houston's City Hall in hopes to continue circulating the surveillance video of the suspected shooter who police believe killed Santos on April 23 outside of a Chick-fil-A.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Family, friends, the LGBTQ+ community and allies are gathering at Houston's City Hall to bring attention to the murder of a 22-year-old transgender woman gunned down outside a fast food restaurant two weeks ago.

On April 23, Iris Santos was sitting on a park bench outside of a Chick-fil-A on Westheimer when the gunman fired at her. She died from her injuries.

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Investigators released surveillance video showing a suspect wearing a dark-colored sweater and white or gray sweatpants. He was seen walking and running past several cameras near Westheimer and Fondren.

Previously, police called him a person of interest. Now, they believe he is a suspect in the murder.

On Tuesday night, Santos' family gathered in prayer at their west Houston apartment near the murder scene.

"She was a beautiful soul," said Santos' mom, Maria Carreon. "We just ask God to guide her to heaven."

Her family continues asking for the community's help to find her killer.

"We're going to find this person. They are not going to get away with this," said Santos' middle school theater teacher Crystal Toussant. "She was determined. She knew what she wanted in life, and she was not ashamed of who she was."

The family has created a GoFundMe to help raise money for funeral costs and a reward for information on the suspect.

Houston police are asking anyone with information on the suspect's identity or whereabouts to contact HPD homicide at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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