Texas brothers have been arrested by Pharr police for beating their stepfather (Gabriel Quintanilla) to death for allegedly molesting their 9-year-old sister.
Alejandro Trevino, 18, Christian Trevino, 17, and Juan Eduardo Melendez, 18, have been arrested in connection with the death of 42-year-old Gabriel Quintanilla, whose body was discovered in a field in McAllen on Thursday, Jan. 20. Weslaco ABC affiliate KRGV reported.
Quintanilla allegedly inappropriately touched a minor at an RV park in the 1200 block of E. Moore, according to police.
“When brothers Alexandro and Christian Trevino found out, they became enraged and confronted Gabriel Quintanilla at the residence. A physical fight ensued between the three and the victim Quintanilla left the location on foot,” Pharr Police Department said.
Christian Trevino allegedly pursued Quintanilla to an apartment complex down the road, where Alexandro Trevino and the driver of a red Dodge Charger, Juan Eduardo Melendez, allegedly assaulted him.
According to Pharr police, the three suspects then left the scene, switched vehicles, and drove back, where they discovered Quintanilla wandering alone and injured, where they allegedly assaulted him for a third and final time.
“A third assault occurs and the victim is severely beaten. The victim who is still alive is placed in the bed of the truck and drove off and ended up in the McColl and Whalen Road area where the victim was dropped off in an open field and the suspects fled,” police said.
Police believe Quintanilla may have still been alive at the time when he was dropped off in a field in McAllen.
[image via KRQV screengrab]