Two people with Valley ties killed in Beaumont
Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:40:47 GMT —
A love triangle ended with a Rio Grande Valley woman and one of her in-laws being murdered in Beaumont.
Authorities report that 28-year-old Jose Wilfredo Chinchilla is wanted on capital murder charges.
Chinchilla is accused of storming into a family barbeque and fatally shooting 25-year-old Francisca Garza and 43-year-old Gregorio Sanchez.
Beaumont police report that Chinchilla fled the scene in a green Ford F-150 pickup truck with Texas license plates AM2-2629.
Garza leaves behind four children ages 7 to 2 years old while Sanchez leaves behind a wife and three children.
Family members who identified themselves as Garza's in-laws spoke to Action 4 News.
They said that Chinchilla's intended target was romantic rival 30-year-old Francisco "Paco" Mendoza.
Garza and Mendoza had three children together but Garza also had a 2-year-old daughter with Chinchilla.
The in-laws said Garza told them that Chinchilla was jealous and was abusive.
Mendoza's family said Garza and Mendoza had recently reconciled angering Chinchilla.
Mendoza's family reported that Garza was not on speaking terms with her family making funeral arrangements difficult.
Although Mendoza is expected to take custody of the couple's three children, it's not clear what will happened to the daughter between Garza and Chinchilla.
The in-laws reported that Chinchilla is from Honduras and that all his family lives there.
Mendoza's family said police took Garza's cell phone and that she spoke about was her cousin Christina Escamilla.
But Mendoza's family said they turned to Action 4 News because they had no way to reach Escamilla or other family members.
They said Garza went by the nickname "La Guera" and graduated from Mercedes High School.
Anyone with information about Garza's family is asked to call Lupita Bermudez at (956) 281-3095.