Outstanding member of south Houston community murdered for $400

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HOUSTON, Texas — About three weeks ago on a calm and quiet Saturday morning in a South Houston neighborhood, three masked men burst through the back door of local business owner Chris Simple’s home in an invasion robbery, according to investigators.

The three men tied Chris and his brother, Vincent, up with duct tape, demanding access to a safe that wasn’t there and then shot both men multiple times —killing Chris in cold blood after taking $400 from his pockets.

They escaped with a get-a-way driver and haven’t been caught.

“This man was a truly a good pillar of this community. This man gave back to this community. There needs to be more investigators put on this case and others like it because crime is not on a downward spiral here, it is going up.” Expressed Quannell X of the New Black Panther Nation.

Simple was the owner of a popular sports bar and used his successes to support the neighborhood little league football team and other local groups.

He was someone trying to make a difference.

His brother survived the shooting, but is clearly shaken up.

“I prayed the whole time when they put a shotgun to my head. I was the first one they capped," said Vincent Price, the surviving victim who was shot in the chest and the foot, narrowly surviving the horrific scene.

He is recovering now after a lengthy stay at the hospital and wants justice.

The community gathered together Wednesday outside of the crime scene to respond to this senseless violence.

And in their moment of mourning and remembrance, the South Acres neighborhood calls for one thing: change.

“I’m totally outraged that my brother is gone. He was the nicest human being you could ever meet. It’s just heart breaking. This community needs to stand up," said Gregory Simple, the younger brother of the victims.

He continued saying,“We need to get these cowards. They’re totally cowards. I have zero fear of you. My name is Gregory Simple.”

So if you have any info that could bring those masked men to justice, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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