PHARR, Texas (TCD) — Two teenage brothers and their friend were arrested in connection with the beating death of their stepfather. on Thursday, Jan. 20, 42-year-old Gabriel Quintanilla’s body was found dumped in an open field. Investigators reportedly learned that there had been a physical altercation between Alejandro and his stepfather over Quintanilla allegedly inappropriately touching his 9-year-old half-sister. The 9-year-old, according to Harvey, was Quintanilla’s biological daughter.
According to KRGV, the three suspects switched vehicles and drove back. The three reportedly found an injured Quintanilla walking alone. Then, according to Harvey, they beat him to the point of unconsciousness.
After beating him, the suspects kidnapped Quintanilla, reportedly placed him in the bed of a truck, and dropped him off in the open field where he was found. According to Harvey, it is believed that Quintanilla was still alive when he was dumped on the field. KRGV reports that Quintanilla suffered severe head trauma. Chief of Police, Andy Harvey, stated that the victim identified as Gabriel Quintanilla, had a warrant dating back to 2019 for continuous sexual assault of a child.