A 17-year-old Texas boy died after an unhinged driver shot at his family’s car as they were heading home from a Houston Astros game, according to authorities and his family.
David Xavier Castro was killed in the apparent road-rage incident, his father said Wednesday.
“One of the gentlest souls to walk the earth was taken from us today,” Paul Castro wrote in a heartbreaking post on Facebook.
“David will be missed by a world that barely got to know him.”
The father and his two sons were driving back from the Astros game Tuesday at around 11 p.m., when the dad and a man in a white sedan “exchanged hand gestures,” police said.
The sedan driver followed the family’s truck — and then opened fire, shooting David in the head, KPRC-TV reported.
Police said Wednesday that the teen was on life support, but his dad later confirmed that he had died.
The boy was set to be a senior next year at Westside High School, one of his former teachers told KPRC-TV, describing him as a leader in the classroom.
”He touched so many people,” Cathy Doxtater told the outlet. “He had a lot of influence in a lot of different areas in school.”
Detectives released surveillance photos of the suspect’s car, a four-door, white Buick sedan with a sunroof, in the hopes of identifying the shooter.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.