(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Police Department released new surveillance video Thursday showing a person of interest sought in connection with the brutal slaying of Josue Flores, an 11-year-old boy from the city.
Flores, a student at Marshall Middle School, was stabbed to death on May 17 around 4:45 p.m. while walking home from school, according to police. Witnesses said they "heard loud screaming" and saw the sixth-grader struggling with someone who eventually ran off, police added.
Authorities are now asking for the public's help to identify the person of interest seen walking in the newly released surveillance video, they announced at a news conference Thursday.
Police said they had no positive connections between the person of interest and Flores' homicide, but they pointed out that the description of Flores' alleged killer was similar to the person seen in the newly released surveillance footage.
Rewards totaling up to $45,000 are available for anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest and charging of a suspect, according to police.
Authorities asked that anyone with information please call HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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