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Vigilante justice: Texas teen brothers beat step-dad to death after sexual assault of sister

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Alexandro and Christian Trevino Texas brothers beat Gabriel Quintanilla step-dad to death after sexual assault of sister. Images including that of 3rd suspect, Juan Eduardo Melendez via police bookings.
Alexandro and Christian Trevino Texas brothers beat Gabriel Quintanilla step-dad to death
Alexandro and Christian Trevino Texas brothers beat Gabriel Quintanilla step-dad to death after sexual assault of sister. Images including that of 3rd suspect, Juan Eduardo Melendez via police bookings.

Alexandro and Christian Trevino Texas brothers beat Gabriel Quintanilla step-dad to death after sexual assault of sister, the man’s daughter. 

Vigilante justice… Two Texas teenage brothers have been accused of brutally beating their stepfather and leaving him in a field to die after the man’s 9-year-old daughter accused him of sexual assault according to reports.

Alexandro and Christian Trevino, ages 18 and 17, were taken into custody along with 18-year-old Juan Eduardo Melendez for allegedly killing 42-year-old Gabriel Quintanilla, KRGV reported.

The Pharr Police Department responded to a 911 call on Thursday circa 2:41 p.m from a farmer who said that he’d discovered the body of a deceased male in one of his fields. Investigators responding to the scene identified the victim as Quintanilla, who had a warrant out for continuous sexual abuse of a child and assault, according to The Monitor.

Of note, Alexandro and Christian have the same father but different mothers. Both are half-siblings of the alleged 9-year-old victim.

In a press release, Pharr police said that Quintanilla’s death was the result of a ‘family situation.” Per the release, Quintanilla’s 9-year-old daughter, whose name was not released, caused an “outcry” after alleging that Quintanilla inappropriately touched her at an RV park located in the 1200 block of East Moore, about 15 minutes east of McAllen. The girl allegedly told Alexandro and Christian about the alleged inappropriate touching.

Victim was still alive when he was left to die in field

‘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,’ the press release stated

Police said Christian then chased Quintanilla down on foot in front of an apartment complex up the street where a second assault took place.

Christian, Alexandro, and Melendez allegedly left the scene of the second assault in Melendez’s car. The three then changed vehicles and drove back to the scene in a Ford F-150 pickup truck where they found an injured Quintanilla walking on Veterans Road, where they allegedly assaulted him for a third and final time..

Investigators believe that the suspects used brass knuckles to repeatedly punch Quintanilla in the face, resulting in severe head trauma that ultimately led to his death. Police stated that they believe Quintanilla was still alive when the suspects allegedly left him in the field in McAllen.

All three teens were arraigned Sunday. Christian and Melendez face one count each of capital murder, aggravated assault/family violence, and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Alexandro, who authorities said is not accused of inflicting the fatal blows to Quintanilla, was charged with aggravated assault and engaging in organized criminal activity.

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