The deceased man allegedly met his demise after a minor—later identified as his daughter—alerted someone that he touched her inappropriately.
Two Texas brothers accused of beating their stepfather to death for sexually abusing their 9-year-old sister have reportedly been arrested. As per a report from ABC-affiliated KRGV-TV, the Pharr Police Department has arrested 18-year-old Alejandro Trevino, his 17-year-old brother Christian Trevino and their family friend, 18-year-old Juan Eduardo Melendez, in connection with the death of Gabriel Quintanilla (42), whose body was discovered in a field by a farmer in McAllen on Thursday, January 20. According to police, Quintanilla met his demise after a minor—later identified as his daughter—alerted someone that he had touched her inappropriately at an RV park located on the 1200 block of E. Moore.
These three teenagers were charged in the murder of 43-year-old Gabriel Quintanilla, who was accused of sexual assault.https://t.co/cqBFpnyUVP— KAMC News (@KAMCNews) January 24, 2022
When Alejandro and Christian Treviño heard about it, they reportedly confronted Quintanilla at the residence. "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," a news release from the Pharr Police Department states, reports Newsweek. "Christian Trevino runs out after the victim and finds him outside of an apartment complex further south down the road."
“Gabriel Quintanilla had a warrant for continuous sexual abuse of a child.” She is 9 years old. The system failed her and her brothers. https://t.co/tmFCzVaJXW— toriii ✨ (@torijolie) January 24, 2022
"A second assault occurs there and Alexandro Trevino and the driver of a red Dodge Charger, who we have identified as Juan Gonzalez Melendez, catch up to him and again join in on an assault of the victim at that point," the statement continues. The three suspects then left the complex, changed vehicles, and drove back in a white Ford F-150, authorities state, before finding Quintanilla walking along Veterans Road alone and injured. Pharr police say a third assault then occurred during which Quintanilla was severely beaten with brass knuckles and suffered severe head trauma. He is then said to have been placed—while still alive—in the bed of the truck and dropped off in a field in McAllen.
Police say a minor made an outcry about being inappropriately touched by Quintanilla— Rudy Mireles (@KRGVRudy) January 25, 2022
“When brothers Alexandro and Christian Trevino found out, they became enraged and confronted Gabriel Quintanilla…”https://t.co/InROAbI33T #RGV #Texas
The suspects then allegedly fled the scene. Police believe Quintanilla might have still been alive when the teens allegedly dumped his body. "This investigation was complex having multiple scenes. I am proud of how our detectives were able to put the pieces together in such a short time," Pharr police Chief Andy Harvey said in a statement. All three suspects were reportedly arraigned on Sunday. According to KSAT, Hidalgo County records show that Melendez has been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana.
Teenagers Alexandro and Christian Trevino have been arrested following the death of Gabriel Quintanilla. https://t.co/I9ONwPASIZ— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 25, 2022
Meanwhile, Christian was charged with aggravated assault, murder and engaging in organized criminal activity and his brother, Alejandro, has been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and aggravated assault. Deputy Chief Juan Gonzalez said that Alexandro is not charged with capital murder because his brother and Melendez are believed to have been the ones who dealt the fatal blows, reports MyRGV. Quintanilla was Alexandro and Christian's stepfather. Both brothers reportedly have different mothers and are half-siblings of the 9-year-old child. Alexandro is being held on a $1 million bond while his brother, Christian, is being held on a $1.5 million bond. Melendez's bond has been set at $1,502,000 million.
However, on social media, netizens are of the opinion that the teenagers do not deserve to be punished. "They don't deserve such a harsh punishment, that man deserved even worse than a couple of beatings to death. I feel absolutely devastated for the victim, she will have to live with that trauma every day. I hope they get justice because they did what the police were never going to do, bring justice to the little girl," commented one YouTube viewer. "People throw the word hero around a lot. These young boys are heroes. They rid the world of a real monster. God bless them and their family," wrote another.