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Published on June 20, 2024
Houston Community Mourns as 12-Year-Old Jocelyn Nungaray Found Strangled, Police Seek Persons of InterestSource: Google Street View

The city of Houston was rocked by tragedy following the discovery of 12-year-old Jocelyn Nungaray, who was found strangled to death earlier this week. Jocelyn's body was located in a creek off 400 West Rankin Road, in close proximity to her residence, after authorities believe she left her home around 10 p.m. Sunday, according to ABC13.

In a statement obtained by KPRC 2, The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences confirmed the cause of death as strangulation the following day. Surveillance footage from a 7-Eleven convenience store, where Jocelyn was last seen alive, has yielded images of two male persons of interest, with Houston police eager to question them in connection with the girl's death, as KPRC 2 reported.

Amidst collective grief and the pursuit of justice, Jocelyn's family recalls her as a "smart, loving, nurturing young lady" who was both "quiet, independent" and had aspirations of becoming an actress. Jocelyn's uncle, Joamel Guevara, was quoted saying, "She brightened up the room every time she came by and was loved by everyone around. She had no reason to die the way she did," in an interview with KPRC 2. A GoFundMe has been established by the family to pay tribute to her memory, and plans for a memorial are underway.

Houston Mayor John Whitmire responded to this heinous crime stating, "We should not have to worry about 12-year-olds being raped and murdered in the City of Houston. Horrible," during a city council meeting, as mentioned by KPRC 2. The urgency of the matter is palpable, with the local community and authorities calling for any information that can lead to the apprehension of those responsible. The Houston Police Department has reached out to the public via social media for assistance and encourages anyone with knowledge about the case to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477), as indicated by a previous ABC13 report.