Murder investigation under way in Plum Grove

A person of interest in the murder of a man in the Montibello Subdivision south of Plum Grove was apprehended by Montgomery County sheriff's deputies Monday afternoon in New Caney. Texas Ranger Brandon Bess (left) transported the young suspect to the Liberty County Jail for questioning.

A male in his early 20s was killed Monday after he was shot several times inside a home on CR 3557 in the Montibello Subdivision south of Plum Grove. The victim, identified as Aiden Walker, reportedly called 911 to report that he had been shot eight times.

When authorities arrived, they were not immediately able to make entry because all the doors to Walker’s mobile home were locked.

“Knowing that a shooting victim was inside and needed assistance but not knowing if the shooter was still inside the mobile home, Cpl. [Oscar] Martinez made a precarious entry through a side window where he found Walker deceased on the floor with his cell phone nearby. After opening the door from the inside, the deputies searched the home but found the suspect had already fled the scene,” said Capt. Ken DeFoor in a statement.

Witnesses told investigators they heard several gunshots and thought the shooter had sped away from the scene in a red-colored vehicle.

An hour or so into the investigation, authorities at the murder scene received word that a person of interest had been identified and was being arrested. Around 3:30 p.m., the alleged shooter, Samuel Ferrerio Depina, 17, surrendered to deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot of Buster Brown Propane and Skero’s Barbecue on Loop 494 in New Caney.

Depina was driving a red Chevy passenger vehicle bearing Tennessee license plates.

Walker has ties to the Kingwood community but was said to be living in the Montibello Subdivision at the time of his death.

The motive for the murder is still unknown.

“Pct. 6 Justice of the Peace Judge Ralph Fuller responded to the scene and ordered an autopsy. The autopsy will determine how many times Walker … was actually shot,” DeFoor said.

Depina is being held on a murder charge in the Liberty County Jail as the investigation continues.

The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted with the investigation by the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office and Texas Ranger Brandon Bess.

Liberty County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tommy Koen confers with Texas Ranger Brandon Bess outside of the Buster Brown Propane office on FM 1485 in New Caney where a person of interest in a fatal shooting was apprehended.

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