Teen charged with 2022 murder of transgender woman in East Houston

Investigators said the teenager was 16 years old when Marisela Castro was shot to death in east Houston.

HOUSTON. A teenager has been arrested and charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a transgender woman last year.

The teenager, who was not named because he was 16 at the time of the shooting, was charged with capital murder, according to the Houston Police Department.

Investigators said they don’t think the teenager arrested Tuesday was the shooter. According to police, the man who is believed to have pulled the trigger has not been apprehended.

What’s happened

On July 29, 2022, 29-year-old Marisela Castro was found dead in the middle of a road in East Houston.

Investigators said footage showed Castro and another person exiting her car after parking it on Centerwood Drive, which is near the intersection of Eastern Highway and Federal Road, around 1:45 a.m.

As she was leaving, the man shot Castro from behind and then left the scene in her car, police said. At least one other person was in her car when she left the scene, investigators said. The two suspects abandoned the car a few blocks away and ran away.

Current investigation

Authorities said they are still looking for at least one other person in connection with the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call HPD Homicide at 713-208-3600 or Crime Squad at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

family devastated

At the time of her death, KHOU 11 News interviewed Castro’s sister, Cady Castro.

“We don’t believe in it. We are frustrated and confused. We did not expect this,” Cady Castro said at the time. “We didn’t expect this.”

Jorge Lizardo was one of Marisela’s best friends.

“She was always happy,” he said.

Lizardo said that people close to Marisela were trying to make sense of something seemingly meaningless.

“I don’t know. Maybe people don’t like our community. Transgender or gay,” Lizardo said. “It’s hard now in these times.”

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