Police investigating Gainesville homicide

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

GAINESVILLE, TX -- Gainesville authorities are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead in a home late Sunday night.

Justice of the Peace Dorthy Lewis says 44-year-old Alberto Gonzalez, of Dallas, was found dead late Sunday just before midnight in the home at 719 N. Taylor Street in Gainesville. She says it appears Gonzalez had been beaten to death.

"Wife came up to check on him because she hadn't heard from him. He had an appointment in Dallas the next morning, and she couldn't get ahold of him on the cell phone so she drove up, and she's the one who actually went in the house and found him," Lewis said.

Around that time Sunday is when a neighbor, who we will call "Jane" to protect her identity, says she heard screams.

"My husband and I were watching T.V. and just spending time together and all of a sudden I heard a woman yelling," "Jane" said.

When she realized something unusual was taking place, "Jane" said she called 911 and was told police were already on their way. She later learned Gonzalez had been killed.

"It's scary, it really is. You don't think it's going to happen," "Jane" said.

"Jane" says she did not really know Gonzalez, but knew he was working to fix up the home.

"He's been remodeling. You can see the work that's been done on it. The door's been replaced," "Jane" said.

Lewis says Gonzalez was last seen around 11:50 Saturday night, but that it is unclear exactly when he was killed.

"The mother, the wife said he was a good man, was a good father to his children and a good example, and now at 44-years-old he's dead," Lewis said.

Lewis urges people with any information about Gonzalez's death to contact the Gainesville Police Department.

"You never know what's important that's going to fit in that piece of puzzle that might give someone a direction to go and look at" Lewis said.

Lewis says Gonzalez also owned property in Marietta.

His body has been taken to the medical examiners office in Dallas for an autopsy.

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