BARTLETT, Texas (KXAN) - Williamson County sheriff's officials continue the search for a murder suspect Monday after a stabbing in Bartlett that left a 26-year-old dead.
Authorities are looking for Everett Tyrone Johnson, 43. Witnesses said he killed Joseph Lee Garza when a fight between the two led up to the stabbing.
It happened at 12:45 a.m. Sunday, and police got a 911 call about Garza lying on the road in front of his home in the 400 block of Lucy Street.
"It hurts because I lost my son, I won't see his face anymore- I won't hear his phone calls," said Joseph's mother, Dora Garza, on Monday.
Garza said her son leaves behind five children, ages 8 to one year. He was killed on his son's seventh birthday.
"It's hard for me to explain to them about their Dad being gone- you know- its hard," said Garza. "His babies were his world to him- and he was like, you know- he just loved his kids."
Garza's family said he and Johnson were friends, but began to argue Sunday morning after their girlfriends got into a fight.
Williamson County deputies and Bartlett police found Garza stabbed and the suspect gone.
Johnson is from Bartlett but has ties to the Killeen and Waco area, and police said he drives a 1998 two-door gray Lincoln that has the back end lowered. His Texas license plate number is 189-XPF.
Garza made a direct plea to Johnson to turn himself in.
"If you're out there- please- turn yourself in because my son did not deserve to go like that," said Garza.
Joseph's stepfather, Robert Hinojosa, said he was a good father to his children and the family hopes Johnson is caught soon.
"It's not going to pay the death of our son but at least we'll have some peace that he's out of the streets and he can't harm someone else," said Hinojosa.
With a murder warrant issued for Johnson, officials continue to investigate.
Texas Rangers are helping with the investigation. Anyone with information on Johnson's whereabouts is asked to call 911 and is instructed to avoid approaching him.
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