An 18-year-old was shot and killed while protecting his mother during a robbery at a Houston Subway where they both work, according to reports.
Javier Flores, a high school student, was working with his mother on Wednesday night when two armed robbers reportedly showed up.
Hilda Vasquez, Flores’ mom, told police that two suspects walked into the restaurant and pointed a gun at her head. Flores reportedly pushed his mom aside as one of the robbers shot.
Flores was reportedly shot in the neck. He was taken to the hospital but he later died.
“All Javier ever wanted to do was to protect his mom and keep her safe. In his last moments he did just that, This young man did what he always he would do and that is protect his mom,” a family member wrote on a GoFundMe page for the teen’s funeral expenses.
Police are still hunting for the men responsible for the shooting and Houston police said they believe the men are responsible for a robbery at another subway the same night.
One suspect was wearing a navy hoodie with lime green and white letters that said, "We're a B16 Deal" and "Class of 2016,” according to police. The other suspect was wearing a dark-colored hoodie with the words "California Republic" and an image of the Golden State's flag
Police have also released a sketch of one of the men.
The store stayed closed on Friday and a memorial was set up for Flores outside.
“Javier died a hero,” the family member wrote.