Houston, Texas crime: Teen shot for his shoes has died

The suspects ripped the shoes off the teen’s feet as he lay bleeding on the ground and escaped in a PT Cruiser.

HOUSTON — A 14-year-old who was gunned down by two guys who wanted his shoes has died, according to Houston police.

Axel Turcios was shot in the back Friday night at an apartment complex in the 2500 block of Tanglewilde Street at Ella Lee Lane in west Houston.

Gregory Dunn, a resident at the complex, heard the gunfire around 8:10 pm and called for help after finding Alex.

Editor’s note: The videos attached to this article are from a previous report.

The teen was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. He died on Saturday.

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Before his death, Axel told investigators the gunmen had demanded he hand over his shoes before they shot him. They ripped the shoes off his feet as he lay bleeding on the ground.

Dunn, an Army veteran, told detectives he saw the pair take off in a dark-colored PT Cruiser. They went northbound on Tanglewilde.

“You do what you gotta do,” Dunn said. “If you saw what happened, please contact HPD.”

No description of the suspects has been released.

Friends describe Alex as very kind and smart.

“If I were able to talk to you one more time, I would tell you that having you as one of my best friends was one of the best things to ever happened to me,” one friend posted on a gofundme.com page.

“He always reads up the room with his smile. His smile could make anyone smile,” another friend said.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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