Katy Murder-Suicide Leaves Community Stunned


KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

November 4, 2018

By Katrina Katsarelis

A Katy stepfather and his two teenage stepdaughters were found dead at their Katy home around 3:50 am on Sunday morning by Harris County Sheriff's Officers.

Police received a call around 3:38 am from Reyna Isabel Perez, the teens' mother, claiming she could not locate her family after arriving home at 3:30 am. When police arrived, they found Isabella Perez, 15, Maria Perez, 14, and their stepfather, Victor Portillo, 40, dead in an upstairs room.

Authorities believe the stepfather allegedly shot the teens before turning the gun on himself, but the case is under investigation.

The incident took place at 3859 Silver Hawk Drive (near the intersection of Greenhouse and Clay Road).

Sheriff Ed Gonzales said they will be looking into family issues as part of their background investigation. "If there's some information about any conflict that will be important to know."

An Outpouring of Condolences

Maria and Isabella's friends and classmates from Mayde Creek High School began arriving in droves to pay their respects. The grieving friends brought flowers and cards, and greeted each other with hugs and tears. There were loving sentiments left on signs and tributes in the family yard.

The following letter was sent out to Mayde Creek High School parents:

Dear Parent,

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community.

Earlier today, we were informed of the loss of two students who attend our school. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school, especially our students.

Mayde Creek High School and Katy ISD have a Crisis Intervention Team made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. We have counselors and LSSP’s (Licensed Specialists in School Psychology) available for any student who may need assistance surrounding this loss. The Crisis Intervention Team will be on site beginning tomorrow morning.

We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child as needed.

Sincerely, Ronnie Edwards

Principal Mayde Creek High School

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