Soccer trainer charged in cold case murder

HOUSTON – A soccer trainer has been charged with murder in a 19-year-old case.

Police said Chad Bujano was 16 when he shot and killed another teen on a West Houston street in broad daylight. The incident happened in 1995.

Since then, neighbors said Bujano was more suburban soccer dad than accused killer.

Police said from the beginning Bujano was their suspect, but after the shooting he fled to Mexico to avoid arrest. Cold case detectives learned Bujano was back in Houston. That's when he was arrested and charged with murder.

The talk around the Texas united Football Club wasn't who would be taking these freshly striped fields, but who won't be here.

"It's just, I felt a feeling in the pit of my stomach," said Juan Briones, the club's manager. "I would never think of that."

Bujano has trained hundreds of its soccer players.

"He would volunteer to do any sorts of tryouts or anything like that for the club," said Briones. "He was always there willing to help."

That's why coaches were surprised when they couldn't get in contact with Bujano.

"The wife let the club know he was out of the country because his father was ill," said Briones.

Actually, he was in jail.

No one answered at the family's Cypress home Friday. Neighbors were just as shocked by the news.

"You would never suspect him or anybody on this street," said Yasmin Goldman.

Bujano is married and a father of four just blending in to suburban life.

"He seemed mild-mannered," said Greg Damon. "He seemed pretty confident. He loved his family."

They couldn't believe it on the soccer field either.

"To be able to hide something like that is upsetting," said Briones.

Since investigators only recently charged Bujano, nothing ever showed up on the club's yearly background check required of coaches and trainers.

"Because of his personality, we would never associate him with these sort of allegations," said Briones.

Bujano will be in court Tuesday. His lawyer said he will plead not guilty, and that his client plans to fight this murder charge.


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