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Woman Fatally Shot In The Head While Driving With Boyfriend, Allegedly By Ex Who Had Been Tailing Them
Mann Austin Hayes is wanted by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for the murder of 20-year-old Julie De La Garza.
A Texas man is wanted after allegedly fatally shooting his ex in the head after tailing her and her new boyfriend in his car.
Mann Austin Hayes has been on the run ever since the Sunday afternoon shooting, according to authorities.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that a man arrived at a Houston-area emergency room around 2 p.m. Sunday with his girlfriend, 20-year-old Julie De La Garza, who had sustained a gunshot wound to the head.
“Her ex-boyfriend Mann Austin Hayes followed and shot at them striking her in the head,” police alleged in a statement.
The man’s truck had the back window blow out as a result of the gunfire, according to local station KPRC.
Emergency crews at the hospital were able to get a pulse on De La Garza and flew her via Life Flight to another hospital, but she died of her injuries Monday afternoon.
Hayes’ white Toyota was later found not far from the shooting in a business complex parking lot but there was no sign of the 21-year-old suspect.
Authorities continue to search for Hayes, who has been charged with murder for the shooting.
“I just want justice for Julie and I just want him to come forward,” De La Garza’s sister, who asked that her name not be revealed, told the station.
Family members told KTRK that De La Garza had still been mourning the death of her mother, who passed away two years ago earlier, when she was killed.
“Just Saturday, [my sister] was telling me that Julie was still feeling lost without her mom,” her sister Christy Castro said.
De La Garza's family described her as someone who had a “strong and positive outlook on life” who will leave a “huge loss” in the lives of those who knew her.
Anyone with information about Hayes’ current whereabouts is urged to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office homicide unite at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-322-TIPS (8477).