The victim’s wife identified him as Calogero Duenes.
Amber Uresti said she and her two daughters, aged 6 and 3, entered the restaurant before her husband, who was tasked with taking the cake.
“I saw him,” Uresti said. “I saw him walking towards us. I told the woman my husband was on his way. I pointed at him, and immediately I turned, he ran in through the door and he continued. said, ‘I’ve been shot! I’ve been shot!'”
Police modestly obtained surveillance video that they say shows Duenes’ encounter with the shooter. Police said the suspect drove the wrong way down a block of parking lots and nearly hit the victim. The video then shows the two words exchanged. Moments later, a witness told police they heard three gunshots.
“He picked up his shirt and ran outside,” said Uresti. “I ran after him. My 6-year-old saw him fall to the ground.”
Duenes was taken to the hospital, where he died a short time later.
“He was unarmed,” Uresti said. “He’s holding my daughter’s birthday cake. He’s got nothing on him. I don’t understand why.”
Uresti said she and Duenes will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in September.
“We grew up together,” she said. “Every day for the past 10 years, it’s been him and me. I really don’t know what I’m going to do. It’s really hard.”
Uresti first met Duenes in Corpus Christi when she was 15 years old. She and their daughters went there to wait for his body, so that he could be buried in his hometown.
“My daughter cried,” Uresti said. “Last night she slept in her father’s shirt, cried until she fell asleep, and it broke my heart. I couldn’t say anything to her. No words. to tell her beyond the sentence: ‘Daddy is always with you in your heart. I love you.'”
Police say the shooter has not been arrested, but an investigation is ongoing. The suspect is believed to be driving a black Ford car.
Family set up a GoFundMe . page to help with funeral expenses.
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https://abc13.com/man-shot-outside-chuck-e-cheese-humble-father-killed-calogero-duenes/11421553/ Calogero Duenes fatally shot outside Chuck E. Cheese in Humble while delivering his daughter’s birthday cake