Two Bastrop County families seek closure in young man’s murder


Deputies are searching for victim's friend in connection with his death

DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN)– “He had friends that didn’t have places to stay that would stay with him and help them out a lot,” StarAngel Gonzales remembers about her brother, Ambrosio.

“He was just a very sweet person.”

On May 24, she and Ambrosio were spending time with their parents in Del Valle.

His family says Ambrosio Gonzales was last seen with his friend, Michal Heath, the night of his murder. (Courtesy/StarAngel Gonzales)

“Everyone was just hanging out, having a good time,” StarAngel says.

It was the last time she’d see her little brother.

Deputies found Ambrosio Gonzales shot and killed in his car later that night.

“We just couldn’t believe it. It was right down the street from where my parents live,” StarAngel says.

On the one-month anniversary of his death, Ambrosio’s family is now asking for the public’s help finding his suspected killer.

The Bastrop County Sheriff’s office posted this wanted poster for Michael Heath on June 2.

“We were able to obtain video that indicated that Michael Heath was there present, they arrived at the store together,” says Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook.

Cook says Heath was being investigated for drug trafficking at the time of his friend’s murder.

The video, he says, also showed Heath taking bags out of the car before leaving the scene.

Michael and Ambrosio had been friends since elementary school, says StarAngel.

“We were all shocked, we were just like, ‘Why? What reason would he have to take his life?’ It doesn’t make sense to us,” she says.

“We’re just traumatized over it all,” says Tommy Heath, Michael’s father.

Heath’s father also recently lost another son to murder and had a message for the Gonzales family.

“I know his family is looking for answers and I do want them to know that it was an accident. And my son held him until he passed away. He didn’t just up and run,” Tommy says.

But Cook says they won’t know if the shooting was accidental until they talk to Michael.

StarAngel says her 23-year-old brother was a great uncle to her children. (Courtesy/StarAngel Gonzales)

“Well, how do we know it’s an accidental shooting unless we get to talk to Michael Heath? He hasn’t surrendered, he hasn’t made any indication that he’s going to surrender and therefore all we know is he’s armed, there is a death. And so we’d like to get him into custody him to at least tell his side of the story,” Cook says.

Now, on the one-month anniversary of Ambrosio’s death, two grieving families echo the same message.

“Michael if you hear this, please contact me and turn yourself in. Everything’s going to be alright,” says Tommy.

“Just think of if it was like your brother or your son, what you would want to happen,” StarAngel says.

She and her family are hoping that someone will see their story and help find justice for Ambrosio.

“Just do what is right. Call in if you have any information, anything at all, just call in. You don’t have to leave your name, there’s an anonymous tip line. That’s what I hope happens,” she says.

So far, Cook says Michael Heath has been charged with evidence tampering in this case.

Bastrop County’s tip line is (866) 930-TIPS. You can also submit a tip online here.

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