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A suspect is charged with the murder of a father who transported his daughter’s birthday cake to Texas Chuck E. Cheese

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A suspect is charged with the murder of a father who transported his daughter’s birthday cake to Texas Chuck E. Cheese

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Texas authorities have charged a man accused of fatally shooting a father while holding a birthday cake for his 6-year-old daughter waiting for him at a nearby Chuck E. Cheese.

Calogero Duenes holds daughters Serina, right, and Mallory, left.Courtesy of Rosemarie Uresti

Antoine Daniel Badon, 27, is charged with murder in the death on December 31 of Calogero Duenes, who was holding the cake for his eldest daughter, Serina, when he was shot outside the restaurant in Humble. to the family and hopefully get answers from the family about what happened to their loved one,” Humble Police Detective Eric Squier said Monday.

The weapon Badon allegedly used was linked to another non-fatal shooting near a convenience store on Jan. 2, he said.

“We waited for ballistics to return for a weapon we recovered that was linked to our Chuck E. Cheese homicide,” Squier said.

Badon also matched witness descriptions of the suspects in both shootings, according to police.

He was arrested Jan. 5 by Houston police after allegedly assaulting his mother and for aggravated assault with a fatal weapon warrant stemming from the non-fatal shooting, Squier said.

Harris County jail records Monday afternoon show Badon remains in the facility for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a family member and murder.

It was not immediately clear Monday afternoon whether Badon had been arrested. A lawyer purporting to represent him could not be reached for comment.

Duenes, 24, has been described as a doting father of two by his sister-in-law, Rosemarie Uresti, 18.

“I feel so sorry for my nieces,” Uresti told NBC News earlier this month. “They have to grow up without a father now. He was a good father. He did everything for them.

Amber Uresti, Duenes’ wife and mother of the couple’s children, told NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston that she couldn’t imagine what would make someone react with senseless gun violence when Duenes was virtually without defense.

” It’s a tragedy. I really can’t understand. Like, I’m hurt. I can’t understand how anyone can do that to someone holding a cake,” Uresti said.

“My husband passed without me, without anyone to hold his hand, to comfort him. I want justice. I want justice for my children, for Calogero,” she told the station.

Relatives of Duenes could not be immediately reached on Monday.

Lowly police say Duenes’ murder took place around 4:50 p.m. and officers working an unrelated case nearby heard three gunshots “coming from the Chuck E. Cheese area.” Witnesses said the victim had a “verbal altercation” with a suspect in a Ford. The suspect shot the victim and then fled before responding officers arrived, police said.

A suspect is charged with the murder of a father who transported his daughter’s birthday cake to Texas Chuck E. Cheese

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