Final farewells begin Monday for slain 11-yr-old boy as search for killer continues

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HOUSTON -- The final farewells begin Monday for Josue Flores, an 11-year-old boy who was brutally stabbed to death while walking home from school.

It's been nearly a week since the 6th grade Marshall Middle School student was brutally attacked.

There's a call for justice on Houston's north side as the search continues for his killer. This comes after the original suspect,  Che Lajuan Calhoun, was released days after police confirmed his alibi.

"It's one of those incidents that has happened in our city that has been very difficult to shake, and even though there are people who lose their lives in our city, this young man's life was certainly just beginning," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a press conference on Monday. "I want to make a personal appeal to people in this city that if you have any information of the person who may have committed this crime, I am personally asking you to make that information readily available to police."

Turner said the suspect was wearing a black shirt, black pants and a green jacket. The person appeared to be between 25 and 30 years old and weighed between 180 and 200 pounds.

"As the Flores family prepares to bury their son, is that we can do everything we can to bring this person to justice," Turner said.  "We are not going to leave any stone unturned."

At 1 p.m. Monday, the Flores family will hold a wake for Josue at the La Paz Memorial Funeral Home on Nordling Road.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Name Catholic Church at 1917 Cochran St. in Houston.