The death of an 11-year-old boy who was stabbed multiple times while walking home from school Tuesday has shocked his Houston community.
According to police, Josue Flores was just two blocks from home as he returned from Marshal Middle School in North Houston around 4:45 p.m. when a man walking in the other direction crossed the street and stabbed the him multiple times.
Authorities are searching for Che Lajuan Calhoun, 31, who they have named as a possible suspect in the attack, PEOPLE confirms.
No motive for the attack has been identified, but Sgt. Tommy Ruland told ABC13 that it was “unprovoked.”
According to a press release from the Houston Police Department, witnesses heard screaming and saw the two struggling. Josue collapsed next to the sides, and the suspect then fled the scene on foot.
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Josue was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital but died from his injuries.
“He had a bright future,” Maria Flores, the boy’s mother, told ABC 13. “He was very obedient and he was giving. You give him $10, he would buy everyone else something before he bought himself something.”
Other family members are also struggling to understand why anyone would target Josue.
The boy’s 16-year-old sister told KPRC-TV he was well-liked in the community, and Isidro Barrera, the boy’s brother-in-law said, “He don’t have a phone, he didn’t own an iPad, a laptop, anything,” that might motivate a robbery.
A small memorial of flowers and candles has started at the scene of the attack.