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Publicís Help Sought to Find Suspects in Fatal Shooting at 3830 Westhampton

August 2, 2011 - Houston police are asking for the public's help in locating the person or persons responsible for the fatal shooting of a man at 3830 Westhampton about 2:45 a.m. on June 27.

Clarence Vick, 61, had returned home from his part time job as a photographer at a nightclub and was watering his lawn when, according to his roommate, he was shot during an attempted robbery. Mr. Vick was unable to provide a description of his attackers. A photo of Vick is attached to this news release.

Victim Mr. Vick HPD Sgt. Odom next to Vick's daughter, Cara.  Ms. Harrington is on far left.

"It's a senseless crime," said HPD Sergeant Robert Odom at a news conference on Monday (Aug. 1). "The man was just watering his lawn. He had no issues at the clubs he was working. We think it was simply a target of opportunity," he added.

Vick had lived in the neighborhood for 30 years. He was active in his church and heavily supported local law enforcement. He was a graduate of the HPD Citizen's Police Academy and had also been a chaplain with Fort Bend County Precinct 2 Constable's Office before health problems caused him to resign.

"Whenever he was needed, he was always there," said his daughter, Cara Vick. "No matter how busy he was, he would never turn anyone down."

"It's a big loss," said long-time friend Lillian Harrington. "I've known Clarence since third grade. He was a Christian with the values of a Christian."

Harrington also has a message for Vick's killer. "How can you sleep at night? How can you walk around, eat, drink and live?"

There were two unknown males seen walking in the neighborhood about two hours before Vick was killed. Sergeant Odom is hoping they or the public might be able to offer clues as to what happened.

"I hope people come forward," said Vick's daughter. "It would mean the world to me and it's the right thing to do."

Anyone with information is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at713-222-TIPS.

KJS/VHS 8-2-11

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.