- Joel David Chávez III was arrested for being the alleged murderer of his girlfriend Graciela Rivera Espinoza.
- Rivera Espinoza, 19, was two months pregnant when she was killed by suffocation.
- Chávez III could face a prison sentence of 20 to 99 years for the murder of his girlfriend Graciela.
Joel David Chávez III was arrested in Laredo, Texas, for being the alleged murderer of his girlfriend Graciela Rivera Espinoza who was two months pregnant. The Webb County Prosecutor’s Office, in Laredo, announced the arrest of Chávez III after twelve months of investigations into the murder of the young Graciela Rivera Espinoza.
The murder of the young woman Graciela Rivera Espinoza, 19, caused a deep shock and indignation among the Hispanic community in the border city of Laredo, Texas, since when the girl’s body was found authorities revealed that she was two months pregnant at the time of being murdered.
Joel David Chávez III is accused of the murder of his girlfriend
Isidro R. Alaniz, Webb County Attorney in Laredo, Texas, announced in a statement the arrest of 24-year-old Joel David Chávez III, charged with two counts of murder for the murder of his girlfriend Graciela Rivera Espinoza and fetus that girl carried with him at the time of his death.
Joel David Chávez III is already detained in the prison of the Webb County waiting to face the first hearing of your case. According to Texas State Penal Code The murder charge is punishable by a sentence of 20 to 99 years in jail for anyone who finds himself guilty of that crime after facing trial.
They discover the body of Graciela Rivera Espinoza
According to the report of Laredo Police Department (LPD) on Thursday, September 10, 2020, a group of workers from the City of Laredo Public Works Department had to carry out a series of repairs on Plum Street next to the Buena Vista Baseball Field.
When workers began to set up their equipment at 7:48 in the morning on the street, they noticed a body lying inside one of the lateral channels and that it was covered by blankets. The employees requested the presence of the paramedics of the Laredo Fire Department (LFD). Filed Under: Joel David Chávez
Joel David Chávez: The body was dumped in a canal
At first the employees of the Department of Public Works of the City of Laredo, in their call requesting the presence of paramedics, said that they thought that the person who was lying in the canal only seemed to be injured and that is why they requested the ambulance.
Agents from the City of Laredo Public Works Department testified that they had not seen what happened to the victim. However, when the first LFD paramedics arrived at the scene, the young woman was already dead and so they requested the presence of agents from the LPD Homicide Division.
Graciela Rivera Espinoza was two months pregnant
On Friday, September 11, 2020, the LPD officially released the identity of the victim as Graciela Alexandra Rivera Espinoza, her full name, and it was then that the story shocked the community of Laredo, Texas, after authorities said that the girl was two months pregnant when she died.
The young Graciela Alexandra Rivera Espinoza was the daughter of a single mother of ten children and whom the tragedy had already touched months ago after the death of her daughter because the mother had lost her job due to the coronavirus pandemic that plagues the world until now. Filed Under: Joel David Chávez
The death of Graciela Rivera Espinoza moves the community
The brutal and mysterious murder of the young Graciela Alexandra Rivera Espinoza shocked the city of Laredo, Texas, to the point that even Claudio Treviño Jr., Head of the LPD, sent a statement saying that on behalf of the corporation he offered “the most sincere condolences to Graciela’s family ”.
Claudio Treviño Jr., Head of the LPD, further confirmed that the girl had been killed by asphyxiation. However, the police chief did not reveal more details at the time as he explained that the case was still open for investigation. In Laredo, the name of Joel David Chávez III was mentioned by various witnesses who asked to be investigated. Filed Under: Joel David Chávez
Joel David Chávez: “Jealousy, anger and revenge”
Last Tuesday, July 7, 2021, agents of the LPD Homicide Division and the Webb County Prosecutor’s Office arrested Joel David Chávez III accused of the murder by asphyxia of his pregnant girlfriend Graciela Rivera Espinoza on the night of Wednesday, September 9. of the 202nd. Twelve months passed before they could charge him.
According to Isidro R. Alaniz, Webb County Attorney in Laredo, Texas, the motive that Joel David Chávez III had to murder his girlfriend Graciela Rivera Espinoza was motivated by “the desire to control her, anger over her pregnancy, jealousy and revenge, “said the prosecutor in the statement announcing the arrest of the alleged murderer.
Joel David Chávez: “A cheerful soul with a beautiful smile”
Until just a year ago, Graciela Rivera Espinoza was a student at Nixon High School just a few steps from the canal where her body was found. Nixon High School, del Laredo Independent School District (LISD, for its acronym in English), issued a statement in which they remembered the girl.
“Graciela Rivera-Espinoza died tragically… she graduated from Nixon HS in 2019 and loved theater and dance. She was a sweet girl, a cheerful soul with a beautiful smile. She was a daughter devoted to her mother, a great sister friend. We will miss her very much, all of us who were touched by her life and knew her, ”the school’s statement details.
Laredo community unites in Graciela’s tragedy
The pain for the death of ‘Gracie’, as her loved ones called her, was such that her friends from the Nixon HS organized a collection on the social network Go Fund Me under the name Funeral Expenses for Gracie Espinoza (Funeral expenses for Gracie Espinoza) to help her mother cope with the expenses caused by the murder of her daughter.
“Hello everyone … we are here to ask for help for Gracie … who left this world in the worst way, she was two months pregnant … died in the worst way you can imagine, beaten and strangled,” wrote Katelyn Sepulveda, friend of the victim, appealing to the solidarity of the community to help the victim’s family. Filed Under: Joel David Chávez
It took a year for the police to arrest Joel David Chávez III
Claudio Teviño Jr., Head of the LPD, also issued a statement after the arrest of Joel David Chávez III for the murder of his girlfriend Graciela Rivera Espinoza, and said that the investigations lasted almost a year since they exhausted all the lines of investigation around of the girl’s death.
“It has been a long year of gathering evidence, processing the crime scene and analyzing it, following leads, interviewing dozens of witnesses who needed to be interviewed until we were sure to bring justice to Graciela Rivera Espinoza’s family,” said Treviño Jr. Archived as: Joel David Chávez
Joel David Chávez: The wave of attacks on women in the United States
The crime allegedly committed by Joel David Chávez III against Graciela Rivera Espinoza is part of the national context of domestic violence The non-profit organization National Statistics on Domestic Violence (NCADV, for its acronym in English) details that the United States is experiencing a wave of aggression against women.
Every minute, according to NCADV, 20 women are attacked by their partner in some way, including murder. One in four women are constantly subjected to violent abuse, causing them physical injury, emotion, trauma and distress. Women between the ages of 18 and 24, almost always in their first serious relationship, are the most vulnerable.
Joel David Chávez III is accused of the murder of his girlfriend
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