September 2, 2008

Reward offered for weapon used in Labor Day slaying

By RICHARD ABSHIRE / The Dallas Morning

Garland police have two suspects in custody in a Labor Day slaying at Windsurf Park on Lake Ray Hubbard, but they're asking for the public's help in locating the murder weapon.

Manuel Jesus Hernandez

Manuel Hernandez, 24, of Lewisville and Raul Hernandez, 26, of Mesquite were arrested after a car chase Monday evening by officers responding to a shooting at the park.

There are also immigration holds on both men. It was unclear whether they are related.

During the chase, a video camera in one of the squad cars captured what appears to be a gun being thrown from the suspects' car, police spokesman Joe Harn said. Police eventually stopped the car, a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe, at Duck Creek and Oates drives in Garland.

The victim, 21-year-old Rex Allen Kieke of Dallas, was pronounced dead at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Raul Antonio Hernandez

Police searched the area where they believe the weapon was tossed – northbound on Broadway Boulevard just north of the I-30 service road in Garland – but were unable to find it.

Officer Harn said they believe someone might have found the gun and not realized its significance.

The police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 972-272-8477. A reward will be paid for the gun if a ballistics match is made.

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