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Father of Three Killed By Stray Bullet While Watching New Years Eve Fireworks

January 2, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp
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The New Year got off to a deadly start in southeast Houston after a man was killed while watching fireworks with his family in the front yard of their house.

Detectives say a stray bullet struck 43-year-old Javier Rivera in the head just after midnight Thursday. He was standing next to his wife when he suddenly fell to the ground.

The victim’s wife said she never heard the gunshot.

“I never could have imagined this would happen,” Erica Rivera said. “He was standing right next to me and he fell.”

“All of a sudden, my grandkids saw him falling backwards and he fell down and then he didn’t move,” said Gloria Patterson, a neighbor. “So my grandson, who is certified to CPR, went over and started CPR and stayed with him until the ambulance came. And he never regained any movement or anything.”

Rivera, a father of three, died on the sidewalk in front of his family.

“I feel pretty angry about that because its pretty unsafe for everybody,” said Charles Cain, a relative.

Erica Rivera described the victim as a good husband and father who was always happy.

“He was smiling and laughing, you know, a nice person, just a hardworking man,” said Cain. “Now we’re gonna have to bury somebody this year, you know. Through God’s help, that’s how we are gonna get through it.”

The bullet may have come from someone firing a gun to celebrate the New Year, according to the Houston Police Department.

“Just came out to watch the fireworks. So simple you know?” said Patterson. “I just feel so sorry for the family. My condolences to all the family. I’m so sorry it happened.”

Police are hoping witnesses will come forward who saw people firing guns in the area.

“If people would just remember don’t shoot guns. You know once it comes up, it’s got to come down. I hope that this will be something that will help other people that will not do this in the future,” Patterson said.


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