“16-year-old Jose Mendoza Shot and Killed in Tragic Houston Incident”

By | July 9, 2023



An 11th grade student was tragically shot and killed in southeast Houston on Wednesday, leaving the community in shock and mourning the loss. The incident occurred when police responded to a crash at Windwater Drive near Windmill Lakes Boulevard. Upon arrival, they found several individuals had pulled the victim, 16-year-old Jose Mendoza, out of the driver’s seat and were attempting to save his life. Unfortunately, it was discovered that he had been shot.

Known affectionately as Tito, Jose was described by his loved ones as someone who had a contagious smile and brought people together. His sister, Lizzette Villanueva, expressed the profound emptiness they felt in his absence. The loss of such a young life, filled with potential, is undoubtedly devastating for his family and friends.

In an effort to raise funds for funeral expenses, a barbecue benefit was organized by family and friends on Saturday. The event served as a space for people to come together, remember Jose, and support his grieving family. The overwhelming response from the community highlighted the impact he had on those around him, further emphasizing the void left by his passing.

To continue their fundraising efforts, the family will be hosting another plate sale on Sunday, July 9, at 910 Avenue N. Houston. Starting at 1 p.m., the event will continue until all the food is sold out. This additional opportunity for the community to contribute not only provides financial support but also serves as a way for people to come together and show their solidarity during this difficult time.

As the investigation into Jose Mendoza’s murder continues, the community remains hopeful that the authorities will identify the motive behind the crime and bring the responsible individuals to justice. In the meantime, the community will continue to support Jose’s family, sharing their grief and ensuring that his memory lives on..