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Denton police apprehend suspect in Deandre Wilson slaying

Denton police apprehend suspect in Deandre Wilson slaying

December 20
16:48 2016

By Adalberto Toledo and Kyle Martin

Denton police said they apprehended the man they believe shot and killed Deandre Wilson at the Library Bar on Fry Street early Tuesday morning.

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Hanyel Leon Gomez, 21, was identified after police spoke with multiple witnesses. He is charged with murder and awaits arraignment at Denton County jail. The investigation is ongoing in Tuesday morning’s events.


Fry Street was brisk and cold on Monday night. With the semester over, everything should have been calm and normal. By the end of the night, at about 1:36 a.m., Deandre Wilson lay dead on the floor of the Library Bar.

An altercation between Deandre Wilson, his friend and three other men early Tuesday morning lead Gomez to pull out his handgun and shoot him, police said. Gomez fled the scene in a silver car but was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Denton police.        

Wilson graduated from Guyer High School in 2009. He later played for a semi-professional football team, the Texas Bullets, and was an active player this past season. He played as a running back and middle linebacker.

People took to social media and shared their thoughts and prayers to Wilson and his family. Some used the hashtag #RIPDre.  

Chris Willis, a class of 2014 UNT criminal justice alumnus,  said he knew Wilson when they were both in college and through sports. They have been friends for nearly six years.

Willis said that Wilson had a great sense of humor and cared about those around him, often taking time to make people laugh and smile. Willis said he had just seen Wilson a week before his death.

“If there was something that you needed, and he got it, then it’s yours. If it’s a dollar in his account and something you needed was 99 cents, he’s going to give you the whole dollar,” Willis said. “He was a selfless person. [There was] nothing he wouldn’t do for you; no joke he wouldn’t tell for you just to make you smile; nothing he wouldn’t do to make you have a great day, even if his was worse.”


Julia Falcon contributed to this report. Featured image by Kyle Martin. 

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