Motive identified in Harlingen murder, two more suspects arrested

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An Action 4 News investigation has revealed that the motive in a weekend murder in Harlingen may have been a gun deal gone bad.

Harlingen police have not publicly identified the motive but court documents obtained by Action 4 News show it all started when the victim Ramiro Barron III wanted to buy a gun.

The records show that Barron bought a gun from 17-year-old Jesus Hernandez.

But Barron allegedly never paid for the weapon and kept it.

On Saturday, Hernandez and 26-year-old Adrian Barrera allegedly tracked Barron down to the 2000 block of West Knox Avenue and confronted him with another gun.

The records show that Barron gave his gun back to Barrera but Barrera turned around and shot Barron.

Paramedics rushed the 27-year-old shooting victim to the hospital where he later died.

Police said Barrera admitted to being in the area at the time of the shooting and owning a gun, which was the same caliber as the murder weapon.

Investigators reported that 17-year-old Hernandez confessed to the crime both suspects have been charged with murder.

Police also charged two other people in connection with Barron's death on Friday.

Investigator identified the suspects as 19-year-old Jesus Callazo and a 15-year-old female.

Harlingen investigators are not yet releasing what roles they played in the murder but both of them faced a judge on Friday morning.

Collazo was charged with murder and is being held on a $250,000 dollar bond.

The 15-year-old female, who was also charged with murder, remains in custody at the Darrell B. Hester Detention Center in San Benito.

Both Hernandez and Barrera remain in custody at the Cameron County Jail under $250,000 dollar bonds.