Houston man arrested in murder of young mother

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A 22-year-old Houston man has been arrested in the March slaying of a young mother driving home from a nightclub. 

Jorian Peters is facing a murder charge for the death of Essence DeRouen, who was shot as she sat in traffic in northeast Houston. 

The 21-year-old mother of one was headed home from Club Panda around 3 a.m. March 20 when a man in white pants and a blue shirt ran up to the car and fired off multiple shots into the vehicle. 

At the time, police said they believed DeRouen may not have been the intended target. 

Afterward, the killer fled the scene in a light-colored Buick sedan.

KILLING: Young mother shot to death in car in north Houston

A Barbara Jordan High School graduate with a 6-year-old, friends described the victim as “the life of the party.”

“She was a hard-working young lady trying to build a better life for her and her son,” long-time friend Compassion Anderson said just after DeRouen’s death. 

On Wednesday, police arrested the man they say is behind the crime. 

Peters, who is currently being held without bail in the Harris County jail, has an arrest record dating back to at least three years.

In 2014, he was collared for burglary of a vehicle, although the charge was later dismissed when the witness didn’t show up to court. 

Two years later, he was arrested for a felony cocaine charge and was given a deferred adjudication with five years of probation. 

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