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Houston Man Accused Of Killing Ex-Wife, Her New Boyfriend On Thanksgiving

Yusleidy Gonzalez and Eric Van Uchelen had just finished Thanksgiving dinner when her ex, Yonetsy Granado, allegedly burst in and opened fire, killing the pair and critically injuring a 15-year-old boy and adult man.

By Christina Coulter
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A Houston man allegedly barged into a home on Thanksgiving and shot his ex-wife, her boyfriend, a 15-year-old boy and a 32-year-old man. 

Yonetsy Montiel Granado, 38, turned himself in to police in San Antonio last Friday, a day after the attack, according to a Houston Police Department press release. 

Yusleidy Gonzalez, 38 — Granado's ex-wife — and her boyfriend, Eric Van Uchelen, 64, had just finished eating Thanksgiving dinner at his house with their family and friends. That's when Granado allegedly burst through the back door of the home at 9:15 p.m. and opened fire, Houston Police Department Assistant Chief Patricia Cantu said in a press briefing on Thursday according to Fox News.

"The families were celebrating, they just finished eating," Cantu said. "The suspect, who is known to be the ex-husband of the deceased female, came in through the back door and just started firing at the people inside the house." 

A police handout of Yonetsy Granado

Cantu said that there were four other people in the home, who all ran into other rooms to avoid the gunfire and were uninjured in the attack. One appears to have been Gonzalez's 4-year-old daughter, according to Houston ABC affiliate KTRK. Child Protective Services, which took custody of the girl after the murders, confirmed she was uninjured and is now in foster care.

Police said Granady reloaded the firearm at least once during the attack. 

The witnesses called police at 9:18 p.m. and they arrived five minutes later, according to Fox News. The outlet reported that the 15-year-old victim is currently in stable condition, while the adult male victim is still in critical condition.

The Houston Police Department's Press Information Office declined to share further details with Oxygen.com, citing an ongoing investigation. 

Dennis Laviage, Uchelen's long-time friend, told KTRK that his friend and Gonzalez had been in a romantic relationship. 

"We were together about 10 days ago," he said. "He was at my office, and we were talking and, I was talking about my retirement, and he was talking to me about what was going on in his life."

"He was happy. He was getting ready for Thanksgiving vacations," he added. "I just don't know what to say."

Granado has been charged with four felonies, and is currently being held at Bexar County Jail without bail.

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