Man Arrested in Stabbing Death of 11-Year-Old Boy Walking Home from School Has History of Mental Illness
Che Lajuan Calhoun, 31, was arrested Wednesday in Houston
Authorities in Houston have arrested Che Lajuan Calhoun, the man suspected of stabbing 11-year-old Josue Flores to death as he walked home from school on Tuesday, according to reports.
The Houston Chronicle reports that 31-year-old Che Lajuan Calhoun has a history of mental illness and criminal offenses, including assault and resisting arrest. He has reportedly been charged with murder.
U.S. Marshals arrested Calhoun Wednesday afternoon on a Houston street corner, according to KTRK. He is reportedly undergoing a mental evaluation and will be questioned by Houston police investigators.
Josue was fatally stabbed while was walking home from school. The motivation behind the attack – which one police officer called “unprovoked” – is unclear. Josue wasn’t carrying any electronics, and it’s unknown if he knew his attacker previously.
A GoFundMe page created to help with Josue’s funeral costs has raised over $33,000 in just one day, far exceeding the $15,000 goal.
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“He was such a sweet boy,” his mother, Maria Flores, said Wednesday in Spanish, per the Chronicle. “I can’t understand why someone would do this. He did not deserve this.”
In October 2015, Calhoun was arrested for making a terroristic threat and was appointed a lawyer with a background in handling mental health issues, per the Chronicle. A judge also ordered mental health records be reviewed. According to Fox News, Calhoun was sentenced to 150 days in jail for making the terroristic threat.
In a now-deleted GoFundMe page discovered by KTRK, Calhoun said he “grew up blinded by drugs, hitting women,” but he was seeking money to buy a car.
“God had other plans,” he explained. “He has given me a peace.”