HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A killer on the run is responsible for a shooting that claimed the life of a 20-year-old woman who was eight months pregnant.
With a young son on the way and a baby showering the next day, it was supposed to be a moment of celebration for Jennifer Hernandez and her family.
However, on Friday night, she was fatally shot in the passenger seat of her 17-year-old boyfriend’s car after they left a Shell gas station on Airtex Drive. According to parliamentarians, her unborn child did not survive.
“She was on the phone with her mother and kept saying, ‘I’m not going, Mom,'” said Rick, a witness who called police and ran to help. “I called 911 and told them to get an ambulance because she was shot in the face.”
Rick said he heard about seven gunshots and saw the suspect’s vehicle, described as a white four-door sedan with colored windows and number plates, speeding up.
“(Suspect’s car) just flew away. It just kept going,” Rick said. “It’s like they don’t want to participate in it. Understandably, they don’t want to participate because they don’t want to be caught for the ignorance they did.”
Hernandez was on the phone with his mother when Rick tried to help, but he said he could tell from her injury there was only so much he could do.
“Her mother kept saying, ‘Where are you, where are you?'” Rick said. “I told her the area we were in and the junction. I said, ‘This is where we are. Came here because I didn’t think she would. She told you she would. I can’t do it. I’m pretty sure she won’t make it.'”
Her boyfriend was also shot but survived.
“He rolled out of the car, the back door and kept saying, ‘Please help my girlfriend, help my girlfriend,'” Rick said.
Another witness, who wished to remain anonymous, told ABC13 that the injured boyfriend was wearing a ski mask.
“It was black. It covered from head to forehead,” the witness said. “You can only see his eyes. It goes all the way to his chin area.”
When asked about this, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office told ABC13 he was wearing a mask for COVID-19 health reasons. As deputies search for the shooter and motive, Hernandez’s family awaits justice, both for the mother-to-be and her unborn child, who is believed to be the family’s first grandchild.
“Still having trouble handling that,” Rick said. “I wish there was more I could do, but didn’t.”
If anyone has any information regarding the murder of Jennifer Hernandez, they are asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 713-274-9100, or they may anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
A family friend created a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.
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