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Police: Brothers beat stepfather to death for inappropriately touching child

A total of three men are facing charges related to a man's death
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Posted at 4:38 PM, Jan 24, 2022

MCALLEN, Texas — Three young men from South Texas have been arrested after allegedly beating a man to death for inappropriately touching a child.

According to KRGV in Weslaco, detectives arrested two brothers, 18-year-old Alejandro Treviño and 17-year-old Christian Treviño, along with 18-year-old Juan Eduardo Melendez, in connection with the death of 42-year-old Gabriel Quintanilla.

His body was found in a field in McAllen on Thursday, Jan. 20.

KRGV reports that the Treviño brothers' half-sister made an outcry about being inappropriately touched by Quintanilla at an RV park.

According to a release from the Pharr Police Department, "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.”

After Quintanilla left, KRGV reports the boys tracked down and assaulted Quintanilla three separate times before placing him in the bed of the truck and dropping him off in a field in McAllen.

The three men are charged with the following:

  • Alexandro Treviño - Aggravated Assault FV and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity
  • Christian Treviño - Aggravated Assault FV and Capital Murder, Engaging In Criminal Activity
  • Juan Eduardo Melendez - Capital Murder, Aggravated Assault,  and Engaging in Criminal Activity

Alyssa Flores at KRISfirst reported this story.