The Story of Felix Hernandez's Murder


The story of Felix Hernandez’s murder was brutal in its simplicity, simple in its brutality. The shooter was Mike “Pops” Jones, a sixteen year old pimple face kid from the housing projects over on the east side. Jones drove down to the Chicken Roost where Hernandez worked part-time, because he owed him money for drugs and Hernandez wouldn’t pay. Perhaps it was because Jones was a young kid and Hernandez wanted to exploit that fact. However, the reasons were never clear, and would never be found out. Jones ended the negotiations with several shots from a weapon capable of shattering its target. Four bullets entered Hernandez’s chest pulverizing bones and exploding flesh. Then he fired two more shots at his left leg completely separating it from his torso. Hernandez experienced the insect on the front windshield effect of a car going 65 miles per hour. He never knew what hit him.

The shooting was an awkward, impulsive performance, the sort of thing to be expected from a teenager who was raised watching violent movies, and television shows, and spent endless hours trying to reach a high level in gang violent video game. The attack was clearly a CSI drama type. Hernandez didn’t even have enough time to shield himself from the blasts. He was no Humpty Dumpty, but The City of Bridgeport’s crime lab will have a field day trying to put Hernandez back together again.

Jones checked Hernandez’s bloody pockets and took out eight dollars and forty two cents. That was all the money he had on him. It wasn’t even enough to pay for the bullets he used. Jones then looked at the young waitress pinned to grill and noticed that she was bleeding from the stomach. A bullet found its way out of Hernandez’s body and claimed her life too. What kept her standing was the hot grill. It was searing the palms of her hands tightly as if they were burgers, and the smell of burnt flesh attacked Jones nostrils. She wasn’t the intended target, and he was too young to understand the collateral damage effect, so he did what many young frightened children would do. He ran in panic from the Chicken Roost.

The chase was on, hitting the streets of Bridgeport hard. The police turned over every stone until they apprehended Pops Jones. He was hiding out in an old condemned building on the corners of Clinton and North Avenues. He was high as a kite and didn’t recall the shooting. He was trying to tell the police that he just got out of class, and he was on his way home. The story was hard to believe, because it was a Sunday afternoon and he dropped out of school as a high school freshman.

The police searched him and found several bags of cocaine wrapped for street sale, and over six thousand dollars in large bills. Discarded on the floor next to him was eight dollars and some small change.

Mike “Pops” Jones was charged as an adult with a double homicide and possession of a firearm, and drugs with the intent to sell. The only family he had was a grandmother and disappointment riddled her tired old face. She did everything she could to raise that boy right, but the streets claimed him before whatever she taught took.

Mike “Pops” Jones told the courts that he was very remorseful and it was the drugs that made him become a murderer, later he took a second degree plea and twenty five years. He was released from prison eight years later for over-crowding, but they called it good behavior.


© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

This is superbly written, old-fashion crime fightin' fiction. My favorite part is the waitress' hands searing on the grill, followed by out in 8 years because of overcrowding but they called it good behavior. Great stuff.

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Boy, now this is bout the truth, ain't it? This could be a true crime, which I use to be hooked on a decade or so ago, lol. Very good, as always. ^

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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Frank---this is really well written! Wow--chilling

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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Wonderful crime story, gritty and realistic. The truth in every part of this is transparent.

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Flourish, Jackie, Audrey and Becky Katz for stopping by and checking out Felix Hernandez..bless you all

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica

Is this a true story? If it isn't then you did a darn good job making it sound like one. Very gripping tale.

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Fiction Cardisa, thank you

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, my, dear Frank, you published another great fiction write right away, boy, you have been putting the pedal to the medal, so-to-speak : ), and from the bullets entering the chest pulverizing bones and exploding flesh, then the leg completely separating it from his torso (gulp), to the Humpty Dumpty thing, and the burning flesh (which really does smell terrible--don't ask), this is one all-out great action-packed creative piece of fiction here! Whew, you could be describing the two blocks to the north of the building in which I work in the city ... really.

I wasn't looking for another one from you in about a week did like I did and published two close together : )

Up and more and sharing

Hugs and love from southern USA,

Faith Reaper

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

and I thank you from the bottom of my heart Faith for you faithful following bless you girl :)

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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Frank. I think Faith said it best: “The pedal to the metal.” And no one does imagery quite like you…we don’t need the visuals – it’s all there in the power of your words. Excellent. Up and sharing.

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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Uhg I can smell that burning flesh. Great story Frank with awesome visuals and very believable

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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

You have been busy - and so very creative, Frank. Great story.

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Genna, Rosemay and Blossoms for visiting my Murder :) Frank

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Valleypoet 3 years ago

Great storytelling once again Frank....graphic hard hitting crime writing at its best..I don't know how you keep em coming so fast, but please keep on doing it...all the votes (except funny of course) for this one:-))

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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Very well written and riveting.Thank you!~

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you btrbell

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SandCastles 3 years ago

Another well written story Frank. Pops got involved with the wrong crowd.

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Sand..:)

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LadyFiddler 3 years ago from Somewhere in the West

WOW Frankie lol this one caught my attention because my family's name on my dad side is Hernandez you should become and undercover detective lol you will know where and how to find Mike Jones "Pop".

Good read keep up the detective work if ever I have a case/matter I will call on you. LOL

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Love your crime stories. Two bodies are double the pleasure in reading your stories. Passing this on and looking forward to more.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

I had to read this twice: brutal in its simplicity, simple in its brutality. The rest of the story explained it. Good job.

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Lady and Gypsy and bless you MSdora for reading my murder

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

You are certainly the king of flash fiction. Who else can involve us in a crime in such a short time and tell us all the details, even Mike Jones upbringing!

The poor waitress at the grill was quite the touch and finding out Mike was high at the time just makes it all that more dramatic. However, you're not ready to let us loose yet and do that by telling us he was let out of prison due to overcrowding! Superb.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, pinned and shared.

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you again Till you're superb!!!

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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal


whenever read your stories I feel adrenaline rush inside my body.

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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Very skillful writing. You engage all our senses and take us there. Hardhitting and with a great narrative style.

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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Vin and Anna :)

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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York

Here again fiction shadows fact. We read it, we see it on the news, and yet it's hard to believe. Your gripping tale hits us where it hurts - in the truth, so sad for all of those involved.

Well done my friend.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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lisavanvorst 19 months ago from New Jersey

Frank this is real good. I feel like I am reading this from a novel. When are your stories going to be in a book? Soon I hope.

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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton Author

Tillsontitan thanks for reading this again as you did two years ago LOL and Lisa thank you for stopping by bless you both

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Cyndi10 19 months ago from Georgia

Don't we all just love the imagery and the savagery you present when you write. It's like stepping into a world we know is there, but we would rather it were not and we don't like the visits. But you compel us to go there when you write. We read on like moths drawn to a flame.

Take care! Cyndi

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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Cyndi10.. and its good to see you bless you :)

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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks Valley..what It didn't make you laugh? LOL thanks stopping by :)

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