Chronicle Texas: Vicky Mireles, a crime surrounded by doubts

A crime surrounded by doubts: Vicky Mireles, 16, was killed by a bullet in the back of the head, and her alleged killer says he killed he...

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  • A crime surrounded by doubts: Vicky Mireles, 16, was killed by a bullet in the back of the head, and her alleged killer says he killed her in self-defense.
  • Kevin Costilla, 20, assures that he killed the girl because he wanted to steal her phone.
  • The death of Mireles has filled the Hispanic community of Laredo, Texas with indignation and pain.

The murder of Vicky Mireles is a mystery. The girl died of a gunshot wound to the head and the alleged murderer says it was in self-defense.

Mireles, 16, was murdered on Monday, March 30, 2020 in Laredo, Texas, shot to the back of the head. His alleged murderer Kevin Costilla, 20, says he was only defending himself from a robbery.

The story that follows is taken from the legal documents of the case that has shocked the Hispanic community in Southeast Texas. Many people wonder if Costilla’s story is credible.

At 9:38 p.m. that Monday, the emergency number of the Laredo Police Department (LPD) received a call alerting them of a woman killed by a gunshot.

A patrolman answered the call and went to 4000 Tom Pole Lane, a mobile home neighborhood in northeast Laredo known as Cheyenne.

The officer stated that he found a girl face down and who was shot in the back of the head.

Some witnesses waited for the authorities that the alleged murderer was a boy whom they only knew as “Kevin”, “Kevin Castilla” or “Kevin Castro”.

During the first investigations of the LPD Homicide Division, the agents searched for clues on the social networks of the victim, identified as Victoria Mia Mireles and known to her family and friends as Vicky.

This is how the officers of the LPD Homicide Division were able to identify Kevin Costilla, through Facebook, as Vicky’s friend who had allegedly killed her.

Vicky Mireles, 16, died of a gunshot wound to the head. (Photo: Courtesy of the Mireles Family)

Agents reviewed criminal records in Laredo and discovered that 18-year-old Kevin Costilla had been arrested two years ago at the 600 Santa Martha Boulevard home for possession of marijuana.

According to the description that the agents obtained of the detainee for the possession of marijuana, he was the same person that the witnesses indicated had shot Vicky Mireles.

Based on this, the officers went to the boy’s home and detained him on Tuesday, March 31, without resistance when they found him in a house marked 2600 South Louisiana Avenue in South Laredo.

The investigation does not detail whether agents recovered the weapon used by the alleged killer. Detectives with the Homicide Division recovered several messages between the two boys to prove that they knew each other and spoke frequently.

Kevin Costilla, 20, says he was only defending himself from a robbery when he shot Mireles. (Photo: Webb County Sheriff’s Office)

When Costilla arrived at the LPD headquarters, he told his version of events. There is no one else who can corroborate it, but the defendant insists until now that everything happened as he tells it.

Mireles and Costilla became friends on Facebook and began to chat. The agents checked everything in the messenger of that social network and attached it to the case file.

One of the officers stated in his investigation that Costilla was upset with the girl because she or a friend of hers was trying to steal her latest generation Apple cell phone.

The messages on the girl’s Facebook show that Costilla was very upset with her.

The core of the case details that the two boys were in bed, relaxed, when suddenly she took out a gun and ordered him to give her his iPhone 11 Pro Max phone that the boy had just bought.

Costilla maintains that there was another girl in the house whom he only knows as ‘China’ and that she was also part of the organized robbery with Vicky.

According to Costilla, when he was in bed with Vicky, several boys broke into the room, one of them ‘China’, and all of them were armed. The other young people demanded her cell phone.

Tension built in the room. Suddenly Vicky, very furious, took the weapon that ‘China’ was carrying and pointed it at Costilla. Suddenly the girl was distracted for a moment when she turned to see her friend.

Just that moment of distraction was taken advantage of by Costilla, who also took out a weapon that he carried with him and to defend himself from the situation, he also fired a shot, without looking where, and ran out of the house.

“I did shoot, but I didn’t know where,” Kevin Costilla assured the detectives of the Homicide Division who questioned him.

After the boy’s statement, the agents found several inconsistencies in his testimony and charged him with first-degree murder. The penalty for that crime in Texas is 20 to 99 years in jail.

To this day, Kevin Costilla maintains that his story is true. However, there is no trace of ‘China’ or the other gun, nor of the other alleged thieves. As of this writing, the trial continues in a criminal court of the Webb County in Laredo.

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