Crime

Carjackers Murder A Dad Because They Can't Drive Stick

| by Lauren Briggs

A Texas father was murdered in front of his wife and daughter in a March 11 carjacking attempt, all because the killer did not know how to use the car's manual transmission, said police.

The killing happened two years after Pedro Aguilar brought his family from El Salvador to Houston, Texas, to escape gang violence, in a tragic twist of fate, reports KTRK.

"He says, 'My babies are everything," son Kevin Aguilar told KTRK of his father. "'I want the best for you.'"

Pedro, a 47-year-old mechanic said to have been a caring father, was returning home from dinner with his wife, Ana Maria, and their 10-year-old daughter when a silver or white four-door sedan pulled up next to them on the street at around 11 p.m., police said, according to KHOU.

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The two girls were outside the car waving Pedro in as he parked the vehicle, when the two men pulled a gun on the father, pistol whipped him and demanded his car. He got out, and the thieves got inside, but they soon realized that it was a stick shift, and neither of them know how to drive it.

That's when police said one of them shot Pedro in the chest and the pair of them left the scene, driven by a third suspect. Pedro died on the spot, right in front of his family.

"My mom, maybe five, 10 minutes later, my mom called me," Kevin told KTRK. "'Go to the front. Your dad, he's died.'"

Pedro usually parked inside the complex and has a parking spot there. It was the first time that he pulled the car in front.

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"Somehow, I get out of the car," Ana Maria explained through a translator. "And I put my girl in front of me and somehow we kept walking until we started screaming for help."

The suspects are in their early 20s or late teens.

The modest apartment complex offers parking spots for a fee, so many tenants park on the street instead, notes KHOU.

Now, many of them will be keeping an eye out at night.

"You always have to be careful wherever you go," neighbor Igli Keshi told KHOU.

Vincent Palacios, who lives nearby and is married with children, said that he is now very worried about the neighborhood's safety.

"I have my family," he explained. "I don't want them to do something to my family like that.

Sources: KTRK/CNN via Hawaii News Now, KHOU / Photo credit: KTRK/CNN via Hawaii News Now

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