Family pleads for answers after father of 3, 24, dies in northeast Houston
HOUSTON – A family in Houston is asking the public for help in securing justice for their loved one, a father of three who was shot dead while walking on Sakowitz Street in August.
More than a month later, Houston Police have been unable to make any arrests and do not have a suspect description.
The family said the man was a loving and selfless person who always went out of his way to help others.
Now they are hoping someone is helping him. According to his family, Jonathan Kidd, 24, could light up a room with good energy, smiles and support.
“He was kind of the light of our family because he laughed a lot. He made us laugh, ”said Monika Kidd, Jonathan’s mother.
“He was my older brother. He was like my protector, ”said Hannah Kidd, Jonathan’s sister.
Jonathan left his northeast Houston home on a bicycle with his backpack on August 23 when he drove to the local Burger King for dinner.
“From there he offered to walk with his older friend. On the way home, they both were shot at, ”Monika said.
The family said after having dinner Jonathan decided to take a walk with his friend Luis Roy Almendarez, 41, someone he has always looked for.
“He was a really generous boy and it made me feel good,” said Monika.
At around 9:30 p.m. that evening, Houston Police said Jonathan and Almendarez were walking in the 2100 block of Sakowitz when a dark-colored van approached them and started shooting.
Jonathan was shot several times and later died in hospital. Almendarez was also shot but survived, police say.
More than a month later, the family is still looking for answers about what happened to their loved one.
“I do not know why [it happened]. He was just walking down the street like anyone else would, ”said Paige, Jonathan’s sister.
The family is urging anyone who has seen or heard anything to report to Houston Police or Crimestoppers.
“Please come on. Please, please give some information, ”said Charles, Jonathan’s father.
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