Gutierrez played football, graduated from AHS

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

The parents of a 41-year-old man who was beaten to death in North Richland Hills last week want justice.

"I don't want vengeance or nothing, we just want justice," said Elma Gutierrez, the mother of the deceased. "We can't say anymore because of the investigation."

An autopsy is pending in the investigation of Antonio Gutierrez's death, an Alice native who lived in Bedford.

Gutierrez was pronounced dead at North Hills Medical Hospital on July 30 after a physical altercation, police said.

According to North Richland Hills Police Department's written statement, emergency personnel were dispatched to the 5900 block of Crestwood Circle West in reference to a domestic disturbance that developed into a death investigation.

The statement said Gutierrez had entered his ex-wife's residence by unknown means and confronted her boyfriend at 2:12 a.m.

The statement also said Gutierrez awoke the female and her boyfriend in the early morning hours with a "loud, confrontational voice." According to police, the altercation began in a bedroom and ended in the front of the home. Police said from witness accounts that Gutierrez "struck the boyfriend, who inturn allegedly defended himself against the attack."

Alice police officials said about two hours after his death on July 30, they were called to notify his parents in Alice.

The deceased was a graduate of Alice High School and played football for the Alice Coyotes. He was currently employed with Bell Helicopter Company.

Investigator Larry Irving with the North Richland Hills Police Department said that Gutierrez sustained injuries to his head.

"No weapons were involved," he said. "From our preliminary report nothing has come back from the medical examiner's office of evidence of any weapons."

The NRH statement said Gutierrez was divorced from his wife for about three years and he did not reside with her at the North Richland Hills residence.

No charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing, Irving said.