HOUSTON — A father in north Houston was killed by a robber while taking his wife and baby daughter to buy ice cream on Sunday afternoon. The robber also died when the father shot him in self-defense.
Erasmo Alaniz and his wife, Deana Precella, had just arrived at the strip mall at 200 Aldine Bender Road shortly after 5 p.m. when a man got into their car next to the baby and pointed a gun at Precella's neck. "Give me all you have" he demanded, and, at first, Alaniz handed over his cash.
But then Alaniz grabbed his pistol and a gunfight broke out inside the car. Alaniz was fatally shot and died in the driver's seat, while the robber was able to get out of the car. He didn't make far. A few paces into the parking lot, the robber collapsed on his back and died.
Police are looking for a gray Dodge Charger that the robber's accomplice used to drop him off. Immediately after the shooting, a man who is apparently the victim's brother was recorded lashing out in anguish at the killer, who was already dead.
Deana Precella says Erasmo Alaniz is her second husband to be taken from her, after the father of her other children was killed in another robbery in 2007. The family has setup a GoFundMe page to help cover Erasmo's funeral expenses. You can find the page here: http://www.gofundme.com/p443xd8w