Loved ones are left mourning the lack of a father, brother, son and uncle.
HOUSTON — On Sunday, Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy Darren Almendarez’s family had the barbecue they had been imagined to have on Friday to have a good time his sister’s birthday.
Sadly, they needed to have it with out him.
Instead of celebrating, they’re left remembering the family man who lost his life Thursday evening when he was shot by suspects allegedly attempting to steal his truck’s catalytic converter whereas he was grocery buying with his spouse.
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His 14-year-old daughter, Andrea Almendarez, spoke to KHOU 11 News together with her family by her aspect. She remembers their daddy-daughter dates. Her hat that reads “Daddy’s Girl” says all of it.
“He was a really caring particular person. He was very, very loving,” she mentioned.
Almendarez got here from a giant family. He was one among 12 siblings. His brothers and sisters bear in mind the person who they are saying, “had coronary heart of gold.
“He really did. Everybody who met him loved him,” his brother, Steve, mentioned. “We’re devastated. I don’t understand how we’re going to do it.”
Almendarez’s sister, Margarita, remembers the self-made man who labored at a fast-food restaurant to make ends meet.
“My dad looked through the window and saw him mopping the floors. He said he did whatever he had to do to survive,” Margarita mentioned.
He was searching for his sister Shirley’s birthday when he was killed. She remembers him as a protector who served his neighborhood the identical method he served his family.
“He would nonetheless at all times provide me … throughout unhealthy climate to come back stick with him as a result of he wished me to be secure. And that’s simply how my brother is. He’s a tremendous, wonderful brother,” Shirley mentioned.
Andrea, surrounded by her family, mentioned it finest.
“He was a hero,” Andrea mentioned.
Almendarez’s niece, Alice, who lost her personal father, mentioned her uncle was there for her each step of the best way.
“He loved to protect and serve, but he loved to protect and guide us, too … they stole our father father figure from all of us. He’s irreplaceable,” Alice mentioned.