Police searching for leads in murder of elderly man in North Oak Cliff

A senior citizen was murdered in his Dallas home Wednesday night, and police seem to have few leads on who did it or why.

Relatives found 70-year-old Juan Hernandez in his North Oak Cliff home in a neighborhood between Kessler Park and the Bishop Arts District.

Those living in the neighborhood where the murder happened are understandably rattled.

“For me, it was just heartbreaking to just hear the sobs outside of my door,” said Taylor Madison.

Madison awoke to find herself in the midst of a criminal investigation Wednesday night. The people crying in front of her home were relatives of the man murdered a few doors down on West Canty St.

The home is located directly across the street from the Kidd Springs neighborhood, which is across from a busy city rec center.

“The family was gathered around. I guess, he had like eight brothers and sisters,” Madison said. “I think I was trying to do anything to console them. It’s just crazy that three doors down, something like that can happen.”

Dallas police said Hernandez was found shot to death inside his home at 10:30 p.m. Family members reportedly found him lying on the bathroom floor. Homicide detectives canvassed the neighborhood searching for evidence.

“At 3 a.m., I got pounding on my door and it was the detectives just trying to see if my cameras had any clues to what happened,” Madison said.

Madison's cameras didn't capture anything unusual. Relatives told her they had just seen Hernandez at a family gathering on Sunday. And with no suspect or motive identified, people living in the walkable neighborhood are on guard.

“We were, just last night, around the neighborhood and I was just walking home feeling very safe, so it’s pretty scary to think that something happened like a block away from our house,” said Jessica Barouche, who lives nearby.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact DPD Det. Walton.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.