Anna Machado said she hasn’t slept since she said she found her 15-year-old daughter Diamond Alvarez shot 22 times at their neighborhood park on Park Manor near Markwood Lane on Tuesday night.
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“Forward,” Machado said. “If someone knows something, just go ahead.”
On Saturday, more than 200 people showed up for the benefit at the same park where Alvarez was found dead. Machado said many local businesses, including JNT Auto Repair Shop and Beef & Buns have donated food and supplies to help benefit each other. The family said 100% of the proceeds will go to Alvarez’s funeral services.
Blanca Mejia, Alvarez’s aunt, said: “We feel great that so many people are visiting. “We feel very grateful.”
Mejia said the family has been very supportive of the community, including teachers and students from Madison High School, where Alvarez attended.
Machado said while they thanked the support, the family also experienced negative comments following Alvarez’s murder, as well as harassment and intimidation.
Sarai Cuevas, Alvarez’s cousin, said she experienced this as family and close friends gathered for prayers at the neighborhood park this week.
“We’ve been harassed here,” Cuevas said. “People and vehicles that we don’t know. It’s stressful. People are trying to intimidate us. They won’t threaten us. We’ll stay here. We won’t move. We’ll stay.” again.”
The Houston Police Department said a dark-colored vehicle was seen leaving the area shortly after Tuesday night’s shooting. Investigators are still hunting for Alvarez’s killer.
“We’re screaming ‘Justice for Diamond’ every day,” Mejia said, “And every day we’ll be here. We’ll continue to be here, and law enforcement, we let them know about it. everything and they’ll come. They’re swinging. They’re patrolling the area because they know we’re still here.”
The family has also set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. Some funeral services are open to the public. There will be a public viewing session on Thursday, January 20 from 4pm-7pm at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 8601 Almeda Genoa Rd. This is followed by a funeral at 11 a.m. Friday, January 21 at the same location.
Houston police are asking anyone with surveillance video or more information about this case to call Crime Stoppers or the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-9080.
Alvarez’s death marks HPD’s 11th homicide of the year 2022.
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