A Texas man has been arrested for stabbing his brother dead in front of horrified family members at his own birthday party.
The incident took place in the city of San Antonio in the southern US state of Texas on 3rd October.
The police detained Angel Nathan Gonzalez, 28, on the evening of 9th October after he was last seen on the day of his birthday when the stabbing incident took place.
The suspect’s brother Isaac Aguiliar, 30, was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died of his injuries.
According to the police, family members said the two brothers were arguing when they started shoving each other. The suspect then pulled out a knife in front of stunned relatives.
The victim’s brother-in-law Moses Perez said: “We didn’t see the knife until it was too late. There was nothing we could really do.”
He added: “None of us could restrain him, we were all just panicking, trying to save Isaac.”
Perez said Aguilar received several stab wounds, including one to the heart.
The police said the suspect dropped the weapon and got into a car with a family member and a woman, names not reported, and fled the scene.
Police officers found and arrested Gonzalez in the northeast side of San Antonio on Saturday.
The police said on social media on Sunday: “Murder suspect Angel Nathan Gonzales was arrested yesterday evening on the city’s northeast side. The arrest was a joint effort by SAPD’s ROP Unit, SCU and our Homicide Unit.
“Gonzales was wanted for the October 3, 2021 murder of 30-year-old Isaac Aguilar. Witnesses told officers that Aguilar and Gonzales had got into a heated verbal argument. Gonzales is accused of pulling out a knife and stabbing Aguilar.”
The police added that “Gonzales was booked in the Bexar County Jail for Murder” with bail set at USD 250,000 as the investigation continues.
The victim’s family has launched a GoFundMe campaign for Aguilar’s funeral expenses where they have raised USD 7,200 of a USD 10,000 target at the time of writing.
On the crowdfunding page, Perez, who is organising the campaign, says: “Help us lay our dear Isaac to rest. Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to an incredible man. Isaac Joseph Aguilar, who was a father, son, big brother, and wholehearted friend.
“Isaac was well known in his community, and his death has placed an unexpected weight on many hearts. Many will remember him as a ‘social butterfly’ with his huge personality, high energy, and charm.
“Isaac was known to some as a ‘troublemaker’ growing up. However, in anticipation of his new baby girl, he started making changes for the better. Isaac would go on to attend driving school to attain his CDL, which he completed successfully days before his untimely death.
“With a newfound positive outlook on life, Isaac was excited about his future, and eager to start his new career. Isaac’s family describe him as ‘happier than ever’ in his final days.”