A search continued Sunday for suspects accused of killing a 21-year-old man as he defended his uncle from them at a Garland residence.
During a holdup Friday night, the uncle and one of the suspects began fighting when Misael Alexis Romero, 21, came to help out, police said.
But one of the suspects fatally shot Romero, and all the robbers fled the scene.
“He lived there with his uncle,” said Jorge Cortez of Garland in a Sunday telephone interview. “He was just a hard worker.”
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Police responded to the shooting call about 8:30 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of Cedar Drive.
Officers learned Romero and his uncle had just arrived home when they were approached by four suspects who demanded money. One suspect was armed with a handgun and another robber had a rifle, police said.
During the robbery, the uncle who was standing just outside the driver’s door of his vehicle began to scuffle with one of the suspects.
Romero who was standing near the passenger door of the vehicle ran to help his uncle. After he was shot, Romero was taken to a local hospital where he died.
The four male suspects were wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered.
Cortez said he believes there was a fifth suspect involved.