HOUSTON, Texas (TBEN) – Family members are still searching for answers after claiming a Dallas dad was lured to Houston earlier this year, robbed and then killed.
The family of Deonte Hicks, 27, say he’s been cat-fished, which is when a person is drawn into a relationship by a fake online character. Family members from Dallas traveled to Houston on Friday hoping to generate advice so that Hicks’ death does not remain an unsolved murder.
Police said Hicks was shot dead on May 10 in the 1000 block of Center Parkway outside his vehicle and two suspects were seen fleeing the scene. Police have not released further information on the case.
Hicks’ family claim he met a woman online and traveled to Houston to meet her and spend the weekend with her.
Houston-area activist Quanell X joined his family on Friday, where they said they couldn’t wait for action.
“It wasn’t a top priority… my family and I went to the Houston headquarters to talk to detectives. I called a million times… nothing was done, ”said Hicks aunt Tamara Peterson.
“We need to mobilize. We need to be busy. We must raise our voices…. we need to stop making excuses, ”said Quanell X.
The family described Hicks as a loving father to their 4-year-old daughter.
Houston Crime Stoppers is offering up to $ 5,000 in rewards for information that leads to an arrest and indictment. Tips can be reported to 713.222.8477 or through the website.