Miguel Rhodes' family: We just want answers

Information scarce as to the 29-year-old dad's death at Weber Square Apts.
Posted at 4:11 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 20:58:01-05

The family of the 29-year old man who was gunned down outside the Weber Square Apartments last week is asking for anyone with information to come forward.

Corpus Christi police haven't released much information on the Dec. 29 shooting death of Miguel Rhodes.

Today, Rhodes' aunt, Kim Buster, told KRIS 6 that her nephew was shot and killed during a carjacking.

"He wasn't a bad guy," she said. "He just went to work everyday to take care of his kids."

Buster, who lives in California, tells us Rhodes is also from the Golden State. He moved to Corpus Christi several years ago to be with his children.

Buster said on the morning of Dec. 29, his girlfriend called and said Rhodes was getting ready to go to work when he heard some commotion outside. When he went to investigate, he found a man trying to steal his car. Buster was told the two men got into an altercation, and the man shot Miguel several times before taking off.

Roger Borjas lives above Rhodes' apartment. He heard the commotion and called police.

"I was sitting around playing a video game on my computer and then suddenly I hear, like, somebody -- an entire magazine on somebody goes 'bang, bang, bang, bang," Borjas said.

As he waited for police to arrive, he could hear a nightmare unfolding outside, just one story below him.

"I could just hear screaming," Borjas said. "Somebody was screaming loudly. I thought it was a mother and her baby who got shot because she was like 'Oh, my baby!' But ... I think it was the girlfriend who was doing that."

Meanwhile, Corpus Christi Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Mike Pena said investigators don't think the shooting was the result of a robbery or carjacking, but declined to say what they suspect the motive is.

Meanwhile, Buster said the family hasn't heard from Rhodes' girlfriend since the day of the shooting.

She said his death has devastated family he leaves behind, and the children he was raising.

"He just went to work everyday to take care of his kids," Buster said. "That's all. And his son's birthday was the day before he got killed. We want justice for him."

"I want anybody that knows anything, can they please say something?" she said. "We just want answers."