- Alondra Santiago was shot to death in the middle of a brutal gang war.
- The city of Killeen, Texas, suffers a dispute for territory.
- Gangs fight to control drug trafficking, extortion and pimping.
Alondra Santiago was shot to death in the middle of a gang war in Texas, in a crime that has caused outrage and pain. Young Alondra Santiago, 19, was the fatal victim of a shooting between rival gangs of the K-Town Mafia (KTM), Young Paper Chasers (YPC) and Stretch in the city of Killeen, Texas.
Charles Kimble, head of the Killeen Police Department (KPD) showed his disgust and outrage at the gang violence that threatens the citizens of his city. “Enough is enough!” he said after the brutal crime.
Alondra Santiago was killed in a war between gangs
According to Chief Kimble, the KTM, YCP and Stretch are “hybrid gangs” that are engaged in a war between their members in the city of Killeen, in central Texas, to win control of criminal activities such as drug trafficking, pimping, extortion, aggravated assault, and even contract killings.
Chief Kimble, when announcing the name of the young victim Alondra Santiago, urgently asked the community to help them find those responsible for the girl’s murder. “We need your help … we have only about 200 KPD officers working 24 hours a day, but we cannot do everything ourselves,” the police chief claimed.
The report of the fatal shooting against Alondra Santiago
According to the report of the KPD Homicide Division, consulted by MundoHispánicoOn Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 11:45 p.m., several residents of Stardust Drive in Killeen called the emergency number to report a violent shooting between several people in the middle of the night.
Several KPD patrols were dispatched to Stardust Drive, where terrified neighbors said they heard the gunshots for several minutes. When officers searched the street for clues about the shooting, they found a Hispanic girl sitting in a white car wounded by at least one gunshot.
They try to save the life of the wounded girl
The KPD agents who found the girl, later identified as Alondra Santiago, stated in their report that the young woman was sitting in a white car, wounded by a gunshot, in front of the house marked with 1800 on Stardust Drive, northeast of the Killeen metropolitan area, in the Texas area called the Hill Country.
Due to the seriousness of his injuries, the KPD agents called for the emergency presence of paramedics from the Killeen Fire Department (KFD) to transfer the young Alondra Santiago to a hospital in the area, so that the doctors could save her life.
Alondra Santiago, one more victim of gangs
However, when Alondra Santiago was in the emergency room and with the doctors trying to save her life, the young woman died due to the severity of her injury. It is not detailed in the documents of the case where the girl received the shot that blinded her life, when she was barely out of adolescence.
After Alondra Santiago passed away, agents from the KPD’s Homicide Division took up the case to investigate the details of her murder. After several days of investigation, Chief Charles Kimble held a press conference on Monday, September 13, 2021 to reveal that the girl had fallen in the middle of the war between the gangs.
Gangs set up another shootout with innocent victims
According to Chief Charles Kimble, the relationship between the KTM, YPC and Stretch gangs was established after another shooting took place on Saturday, September 11, 2021, in Killeen, Texas, in which a 45-year-old woman was injured. and a five-year-old boy, at 9:00 at night, on Barcelona Drive street.
According to the authorities, the woman was sitting in her car with the child in the back seat, when another vehicle passed at low speed and from which several weapons came out with which they fired a round of shots. The crime was a signature of one of the gangs to mark its territory and authority. The two injured remain in the hospital.
A city that gang members try to control
The KTM, YPC and Stretch gangs, allegedly responsible for the murder of Alondra Santiago, began their war last December 2020, according to KPD chief Charles Kimble. A war that has been going on for several months and has left several wounded, two children among them, from the bullets.
According to Chief Charles Kimble, the murder of Alondra Santiago is another chapter in the irrational war of the three gangs to control low-level crime in the city of Killeen, Texas. KPD Homicide Division agents have so far not arrested anyone for the murder of the young Alondra Santiago.
A war with three combat fronts
For the KPD agents, capturing the members of the KTM, YPC and Stretch gangs has been complicated because according to their investigations, the three street organizations do not operate under the vertical orders given by a leader, as other gangs do, but which are horizontal organizations with members that go for free.
Lesly Rodríguez, the older sister of young Alondra Santiago, made a plea for an end to gang violence in the city of Killeen, Texas, and her testimony was picked up by the Killeen Daily Herald newspaper, in a case that has mourned and outraged the Hispanic community of the city.
“This has to end … gun violence is too much”
“This has to end … this gun violence in our town is already too much, too close to our homes, we have to come together as a community and do something,” Lesly Rodríguez implored the residents of Killeen, Texas, to stop the deaths from firearm, in his testimony given to the Killeen Daily Herald.
Sara Palma de Olmos, an immigrant from Parral in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, has lived in Killeen, Texas for 25 years, after she and her husband, just married, emigrated to the United States. Palma de Olmos is a mother of three children, all boys, who are still in high school.
Hispanic families live with concern
Palma de Olmos only cares for her children while her husband works as a cargo truck mechanic. The woman asserts that gang violence is a concern of all Killeen, Texas residents who have young children. Violence is something they comment every day.
“All my boys are already in high school… when we got married we chose to live here so as not to have to worry about raising them (their children) amid the dangers of a big city and look at how things are. Yes, it is urgent that they catch up with these gangs, “said Sara Palma de Olmos, 45, in a telephone interview.
Alondra Santiago and deaths from firearms
The tragic death of Alondra Santiago is one more link in the violence with firearms in the country. The non-profit organization National Archive of Gun Violence, which fights to raise awareness about the dangers of the free sale of firearms, reports that 31,118 people have died so far this year.
As of Sunday, September 12, 2o21 of those people who have been shot dead in the United States, a total of 14,288 were murdered and 16,830 committed suicide. 28,617 have been injured. The country already experienced 489 mass shootings in the first half of the year, where several people died in the same event.
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