A Fort Worth murder suspect has been taken into custody in South Texas, ending a seven-month search for the gunman accused of killing another man in February in front of eight children, police and family members said.
Jesus Duran, 35, was arrested Sunday in Laredo on a murder warrant in the Feb. 3 killing of 33-year-old Nick Carillo in east Fort Worth.
Police did not provide any details on the arrest.
“It’s been so frustrating,” Chantelle Carillo, Nick Carillo’s sister, said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “I thought this was going to be a cold case for a long time.”
Chantelle Carillo said she became even more irritated when she found Duran was writing on Facebook shortly after her brother was killed.
“We were led to believe he fled to Mexico,” she said. “We don’t know where he has been the last few months, but he was all over Facebook.”
Her brother and Duran grew up in the same northside neighborhood of Fort Worth.
The shooting, however, occurred in a home in the 4300 block of Martha Lane in east Fort Worth which Nick Carillo shared with his girlfriend.
Carillo’s two daughters and six other children were in the home and witnessed the shooting, family members said.
A disagreement over the children led to the shooting, they said. Carillo’s girlfriend apparently had two children from a previous marriage with Duran, and Duran had come to visit them.
At about 10 p.m. on Feb. 3, Carillo told Duran that it was late and he needed to leave.
Duran is accused of firing multiple times at Carillo, instantly killing him. Carillo died from gunshot wounds to the chest, according to a ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
“He (Duran) was out there free while Father’s Day came without my brother here. My brother missed his daughter’s birthday and first day of school,” Chantelle Carillo said. “I was quite surprised to get that telephone call from my mother telling me they got him.”