Neighbors remember teacher's brutal stabbing death

Suspect arrested in 2008 murder

A man wanted for stabbing a drama teacher to death is now in police custody.

Francisco Javier Gonzalez was charged with capital murder and given a $2 million bond this morning.

After five years, the murder of Eduardo Cruz is still fresh in the memory of his neighbor Luanne Matlock.

They told us what had happened, we were just sick at heart, she said.

Cruz taught at Med High.

On July 15, 2008 he was found with more than 70 stab wounds in his Weslaco home on Oregon Ave.

The gruesome death shocked neighbors like Raul De La Fuente.

Nothing like that had ever happened here so we were concerned about it, he said.

The investigation revealed several items were stolen from the home including electronics and Cruz TMs 2005 Pontiac Vibe.

By recovering those items, police were sure Gonzalez was the murder suspect.

He avoided arrest by fleeing to Mexico.

About a year ago we found out he was arrested for a carjacking that he committed in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, Officer David Barbosa said.

Investigators worked with the FBI and the Mexican government to bring Gonzalez back into the U.S. to face murder charges.

It makes me feel very happy, I TMm so in hopes that justice will finally be done, Matlock said.

Gonzalez was charged with capital murder Friday morning, a crime punishable with life in prison or the death penalty, but because he was extradited by the Mexican government, if convicted, he will not face the death penalty.

If he can TMt get the death penalty I TMd like to see him get the maximum punishment possible because someone like him should not be loose, Matlock said.

Despite the stipulations of his return, neighbors say they are glad the case was not forgotten.

They hope justice will finally be served for Cruz TMs death.