A Houston police sergeant was charged with murder after allegedly gunning down his wife, a popular school librarian, in their kitchen, authorities said.
Cops were alerted to the homicide when a relative who tried to get in touch with the 52-year-old victim, Belinda Hernandez, found her dead at the couple’s Pearland home, police told The Houston Chronicle.
Her husband, Hilario Hernandez, 56, was busted hours later in Kingsville, southwest of Corpus Christi. Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva confirmed to the news outlet that he was a member of the force.
Belinda Hernandez was a librarian at Shadycrest Elementary, which had extra counselors on hand Monday to help grieving students.
Belinda and Hilario were married for more than 30 years and had two grown children, according to the report.
Belinda told the Chronicle in a 2014 interview about her burgeoning career in education that she was “very happily married” and “loved my children,” but that she always wished she’d gone to college to become a teacher.
She did just that in 2011.
A longtime family friend told ABC 13 that she had just hugged the librarian at the school on Friday.
“Gave her a hug and you would have never known that anything was wrong, she seemed happy,” the friend recalled.
She also called Hilario “absolutely a good dad.”
Police are searching for surveillance video that could provide more details about the case, Pearland police spokesman Jason Wells told the Chronicle.
“We are going to conduct business as usual,” he said. “The law is held accountable for everybody, actually more so for [officers].”
Neighbors called the area a quiet suburban neighborhood where violence was uncommon.
“They seemed like just everyday, normal people,” nearby resident Lucretia Jeansonne, 64, told the paper.
Source: New York Post