Albert Castillo Jr Death – Obituary : A suspect has been reportedly arrested in the murder of an airman who was on leave to visit family in Houston, police states.
31-year-old Giovanni Ornelas is reportedly charged with the murder of 22-year-old Albert Castillo Jr., reports says.
Police stated that Ornelas shot and killed Castillo and injured his father in southeast Houston two weeks ago.
Castillo until his death, was an active duty Airman First Class, his aunt, Cynthia Ortiz, stated.
According to reports, he was on a two-week leave from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to visit family and friends in Houston, where he grew up.
On the evening of Aug. 8, as he was standing outside his father’s house in the 5600 block of Newport Drive, he was shot to death, reports stated.
According to the Houston Police Department, Ornelas had an “AR-15 style rifle” and sped off toward the Gulf Freeway.
Castillo’s father, 39-year-old Albert Castillo Sr., was also shot in the arm, but survived.
“He was so young,” he could have done so much more. He could have touched so many more lives. We lost a mentor. We lost a man of God. We lost a son, a nephew, a brother. We lost so much,” said Ortiz.
Castillo graduated from Eastwood Academy High School but played football for Austin High School.
He was taking classes at Houston Community College when, last year, he decided to join the Air Force.
“He was a very brave man. The honor of serving his country was important to him,” Ortiz added
Police are yet to release the motive for the deadly shooting.
According to reports, the family of Castillo has established a GoFundMe.