Victims and shooter identified in the murder-suicide

Melissa Cantu Trevino

ROBSTOWN – All five victims in the murder-suicide that occurred Friday evening in the Robstown shooting were identified.

The suspect was identified as 60-year-old Richard Starry. He is accused of shooting and killing his father 85-year-old Ernest Starry, his stepmother 60-year-old Thelma Montalvo, Montalvo's 41-year-old son Roel Mireles along with the couple's 13-year-old adopted son Isaiah Starry.

Police were initially called at 6:48 p.m. to the Retama Nursing Center located at 603 E. Avenue J St. in reference to an active shooter. When they arrived they found Ernest Starry, Montalvo and Richard Starry dead inside.

According to Robstown Police Chief Erasmo Flores, a handgun was located near Richard's body.

Jose E. Trevino was inside the nursing home visiting his friend, on the north side of the facility, when he heard an alarm.

“We didn't hear nothing. We didn't see nothing,” Trevino said. “The nurses told us to stay in the room and they closed the doors.”

Trevino and his friend stayed talking until he was given instructions that the area was clear.

But others, who were closer to the room where Richard shot his father and stepmother before turning the gun on himself, were able to run out.

“It was chaotic,” Flores said while giving the staff at Retama Manor Nursing Center thanks for making sure their residents were safe and working with law enforcement during the investigation.

Police at the nursing center collected evidence and photographed the scene as Investigators were called into the center.

A secondary call to law enforcement sent police to the residence of Ernest Starry and Thelma Montalvo on the 4200 block of West Highway 44. At the residence they located Mireles and Isaiah Starry, already deceased.

“Evidence leads us to believe that the two (Mireles and Isaiah Starry) that were killed at the home were the first two victims of this shooting,” Flores stated during a press conference on Saturday.

Family members and law enforcement officers were at the scene piecing the evening's events together.

Hours passed as the City of Robstown residents waited to be notified of details of the event and transport personnel from the Corpus Christi Medical Examiner waited. The transport personnel backed their vehicles close to the nursing facility and retrieved their equipment needed to take the deceased to the medical examiner's office.

“We will work on this case diligently,” Flores said.

Robstown Police are still investigating the incident with the assistance of the Texas Rangers.

Police said the investigation is in its primary stages to confirm any motive yet.

Law enforcement has asked for prayers for the family as they grieve for their loved ones.

Grace United Methodist Church in Calallen held a vigil to remember Isaiah Starry on Sunday. Isaiah was not a member of the church, but was active in Boy Scout Troop 65. The church is the troop's charter organization.

Robstown Mayor Mandy Barrera thanked everyone who assisted in the tragic situation and asked the community for continued prayers.

“Let’s continue praying as our community continues to heal from this tragedy. Together with State Representative Abel Herrero and the Governor’s office, we are obtaining grieving services, which will be made available," she said. "... please keep our officers, first responders, Retama staff members, residences and families in your prayers as their experiences have been life altering as well. The one thing I have always loved about Robstown is our people and how we always come together during any crisis. Let’s keep that going and help one another through this."