- Luis Ángel Alvarado, 21, was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, charged with a homicide.
- Santos Cedillo, 31, was shot dead by Alvarado after an argument between neighbors.
- Several people videotaped the crime which allowed the police to identify the killer.
Luis Ángel Alvarado was arrested in Texas accused of the shooting homicide of Santos Cedillo after an altercation between neighbors. The Homicide Division of the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) announced Alvarado’s arrest on Tuesday morning, October 6, 2021.
The young Luis Ángel Alvarado, 21, is already detained in the prison of the Bexar County in San Antonio accused of the homicide of Santos Cedillo, 31, which according to the case documents consulted by MundoHispánico in Texas, was witnessed by other neighbors and some even videotaped the crime with their phones.
Luis Ángel Alvarado is arrested for a shooting homicide
At 1:30 p.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021, the young Luis Ángel Alvarado arrived in his car at full speed at the Granada Apartments complex, 1418 Somerset Road, in the southwest of the San Antonio metropolitan area.
Just as he entered the parking lot, Luis Ángel Alvarado got into an argument with Santos Cedillo for reasons that, so far, are not clear. The Monday after the incident was particularly hot, so many residents of the Granada Apartments took advantage of the cool of the night to leave their homes and enjoy without the brutal Texas heat.
The crime of Luis Ángel Alvarado was recorded on video
Luis Ángel Alvarado got out of his car very upset with Santos Cedillo and the two Hispanics continued their heated discussion. The chaotic scene between Alvarado and Cedillo attracted the attention of neighbors outside their houses who came to see the entire sequence of events.
Some neighbors approached the lawsuit between Luis Ángel Alvarado and Santos Cedillo by charging their cell phones with which they began to record the conflict between the two men. These videos were the key that subsequently allowed the agents of the Homicide Division of the SAPD to see the sequence of events before the murder.
Luis Ángel Alvarado already had a gun in his hand
Luis Ángel Alvarado, according to the videos, when getting out of his car was carrying a semi-automatic pistol in his right hand. The two men were at a distance of about 8 to 10 feet, almost four meters, one from the other threatening to hit each other. Neither of them seemed to give in to their intentions to overwhelm the other.
At one point Luis Ángel Alvarado began to walk towards his rival Santos Cedillo and then the other man took a few steps back. Alvarado raised his gun, still walking towards Cedillo, and at one point pointed the gun at the other man. In one of the videos, a woman is heard frantically crying out for someone to call the police.
Santos Cedillo fell with several bullets in the chest
Santos Cedillo’s wife was also at the scene and tried to intervene when she saw her husband threatened by Luis Ángel Alvarado’s weapon. However, before anyone could help the victim, Alvarado fired a round of shots in the torso of his rival who fell dead in the Granada Apartments parking lot.
After Luis Ángel Alvarado shot Santos Cedillo, he got into his car and escaped from the crime scene. Neighbors who witnessed all the crime called the SAPD emergency number to report the crime. Homicide Division agents showed up at the scene to conduct the first investigations.
Luis Ángel Alvarado becomes one of the most wanted
After the agents of the SAPD Homicide Division concluded the investigations of the case, they issued an arrest warrant against Luis Ángel Alvarado, who became one of the most wanted murderers in the San Antonio metropolitan area in Texas for several days.
The case took a turn on the afternoon of Monday, September 5, 2021 when Luis Ángel Alvarado arrived at the SAPD headquarters and informed the guard agents that he was the man they were looking for in the murder of Santos Cedillo. The Texas State Penal Code It details that the crime of homicide is punishable by a penalty of 20 to 99 years in prison.
One more victim for firearms
The murder charge against Luis Ángel Alvarado for the death of Santos Cedillo is one more link in the violence with pistols. The non-profit organization National Archive of Gun Violence reports that so far this year 33,780 people have already been shot dead.
As of Sunday, October 3, 2o21 of those people who have been shot dead in the United States, a total of 15,564 were murdered and 18,216 committed suicide. 31,059 have been injured. The country already experienced 535 mass shootings in the first half of the year, where several people died in the same event.
Carrying weapons is now free in Texas
Texas woke up on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 with a new law on carrying weapons. As of this day, by a law approved the State Congress, It is legal to carry a firearm, rifle or pistol, in sight and without having received training to use it and without permission, despite incidents such as the case against Luis Ángel Alvarado.
Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, signed the new law that he called a “constitutional right” to carry weapons such as rifles, shotguns and pistols of any caliber in practically any public place. By signing his signature on the new law, the governor said he signed the “documents that instill freedom in the Lone Star State.”
A controversial gun law
The Reform of Law 1927, legal name of the new arms law in Texas, was voted in the State Congress in May 2021 and was approved with a round of 86 in favor and 62 with 2 abstentions, part of the 150 congressmen. Governor Abbot signed the law, which was his proposal, last June to make it effective until September 1.
However, some law enforcement agencies in Texas have publicly and privately criticized the decision to pass a law that according to many police officers exposes them in the first place to the dangers of firearms in the hands of people who do not they know how to handle them properly and, secondly, the citizens.
Guns can even be loaded in public places
A detailed reading of the new gun law in Texas reveals that it will no longer even be necessary for a person to have their fingerprints taken when purchasing a pistol or rifle. Only those who are on the list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will not be able to obtain or carry a weapon.
The only people who cannot carry a gun in Texas in public places are those with a criminal record. However, misdemeanors such as driving under the influence (DWI) do not affect the possession and possession of firearms.
Some applaud the free carrying of arms in Texas
For their part, the activists for the free carrying of arms also have something to say. Chris McNutt, president of the nonprofit organization Right to Guns in Texas, issued a statement in which he celebrated the decision of Governor Greg Abbott and members of the State Congress.
“Texas is finally a pro-gun state despite years of delays, roadblocks, and excuses from worthless politicians… I’m proud of the work that gun owners and activists have done to get Gun Reform enacted. Law 1927 ”, McNutt assured.
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