Lorenzo Juan Vasquez had dreamed of one day opening a restaurant, his family said.
His taco truck, where he was shot to death Saturday during an apparent robbery, was supposed to be a steppingstone for the family.
Vasquez, 53, and his wife had owned the mobile taqueria about a year, but they had hoped to open a Mexican and El Salvadoran restaurant. Now, Manuel Vasquez said he doesn't know if his sister-in-law will still want to open the eatery or even reopen the taco stand. She's scared, he said.
"They had big dreams," Manuel Vasquez said.
Lorenzo Vasquez was shot to death about 3:30 p.m. Saturday at 8110 Fairbanks North Houston near Breen.
His killers didn't get any money. They are on the run.
"The suspects netted zero," Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said Tuesday morning at a news conference. "Yet they took a priceless life."
Vasquez and his wife, Sonia, were working in the truck when one of the gunmen placed an order at the window.
As the couple was preparing the food, the gunman went to the truck door and climbed inside. When Vasquez confronted him, the man opened fire with a handgun.
Sonia Vasquez was not injured, but her husband was killed.
The shooter sped away in a tan sedan, possibly a Toyota or Honda, driven by someone else.
Sheriff Garcia said witnesses also reported seeing a sport utility vehicle leaving the scene about the same time as the getaway car. Whether the SUV is connected to the case is unclear.
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The organization will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the suspects' arrest or felony charges being filed against them.
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