The panhandlers were using the photo of Miguel Ramirez Sr., a father of five and grandfather of 14, the television station reported. They were spotted by a family friend, who was shocked to see them holding Ramirez's photograph. Ramirez, 77, died in Houston on Jan. 27, 2018.
"We memorialized him a year ago, last February, and then all of a sudden, it's bringing back all of the hardcore reliving of all of the memories of his death, how it happened, nobody coming forward," Delgado told KHOU.
Andy Kahan, director of victims services for Crime Stoppers of Houston, called the panhandlers' actions "beyond deplorable."
"If you see someone out there with a Crime Stoppers flyer, understand they did not have our approval or permission to utilize that to raise any funds," Kahan told the television station.
A spokesman for Harris County Precinct 6 Constable's Office told KHOU they contacted the panhandlers, but they were not using Ramirez's picture that day. The case remains under investigation, the television station reported.