Dominican Politician’s Son Killed in Texas Shooting

( – Dominican Republic Chamber of Deputies President Alfredo Pacheco has been in politics since the 1990s. He’s served in his current position since 2020, becoming a member of the National Council of the Judiciary around the same time. The latter entity evaluates and elects judges on the country’s Supreme, Superior Electoral, and Constitutional courts. Recently, he received some devastating news.

On April 1, the politician confirmed that his son, Luis Alfredo Pacheco Rojas, was murdered after an interaction at a gas station in Houston. Rojas and another man had reportedly entered a black Cadillac SUV to join two other men who were set to leave the store when their vehicle was blocked in by two silver cars — a Dodge Charger and a Mercedes Benz. Three men emerged from those vehicles and shot two out of the four men in the SUV — Rojas was one. He was pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital. The other was an unidentified 29-year-old who remains in critical condition.

Police believe it was a “targeted” attack, and the killers are still evading authorities. Officials did not say whether the victims were chosen because of Rojas’ relationship with Pacheco or if there was another motive. It’s also unclear if any of the men in the Cadillac returned fire on the suspects. After the shooting, Assistant Chief Adrian Rodriguez from the Houston Police Department held a press conference where he shared more information about the incident. He said the suspects were Hispanic men in their 20s or 30s and fled the scene after the shooting. The department released pictures of them with guns in their hands, to aid the public in identifying them. The officers also set up an anonymous tipline to gather leads.

Pacheco expressed his “great sadness” at the loss of his son on social media, thanking his friends and colleagues for their support during this difficult time.

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