Houston crime: Family seek answers after man is allegedly shot dead at McDonald’s on Tanglewilde Road

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A heartbroken family spoke for the first time Thursday about the death of their loved one at a McDonald’s near Westheimer.

Clifton Zeno III, 47, was allegedly shot dead after 4pm on February 23 after an altercation with another man at the Tanglewilde Road restaurant.

The suspect is still at large.

“He was extremely funny, loving, a practical joker,” said Zeno’s sister, Christina Jones.

“He always made you laugh. Family was everything to him,” said his other sister, Teresa Garrett.

The devastated family fought back tears but shared fond memories of Zeno.

He was the middle child with two older and two younger sisters, but they said he was always their protector.

The sisters said the 47-year-old is a devoted and loving father of seven, grandfather of five, brother, son, uncle and friend to many, who they say family always comes first.

“He was our peacemaker,” Garrett said. “He always said if anyone was bothering us, tell them and he would take care of it.”

Zeno, affectionately known as “Goldy”, was torn from his family’s life. Police said he was inside McDonald’s when another man confronted him.

Sandra Zeno said she spoke to her brother that morning and went to his house to visit him.

“I just looked in through his blinds. I did not see anything. I thought maybe he went to the store,” Sandra said. “Then I left and 30 minutes later I got a call. Tell me something’s wrong.”

Police said the unknown suspect pulled out a gun and shot Zeno multiple times. Video from nearby corporate surveillance captured the suspect and a woman with him as they ran from the scene.

Zeno’s family said they only found out he was the victim of the shooting days later.

“It’s not uncommon not to speak to him for a few days because of his work schedule,” Garrett said. “He works, he turns off his phone, it goes straight to voicemail. And when he comes out, sometimes he goes straight to bed because he worked for a moving company, so they got up very early in the morning.”

The family believes it took the police too long to inform them of Zeno’s death. Family members also said they should have heard the news from a distant relative in Las Vegas.

“I feel like the police haven’t done their duty of care to keep us informed,” Jones said. “I think some steps or actions need to be taken to keep families informed. It shouldn’t be four days before we know.”

Zeno’s sisters make preparations for their only brother’s funeral while the person responsible for his death is still on the run.

“We want people to know that he was a good person and had a family that loved him very much,” Garrett said. “We want the person who did this to be caught. We want her to be prosecuted and we want her to go to jail.”

The family said they are offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to their brother’s killer.

The funeral has been set for Saturday March 5th.

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