- María Antonieta Soroa, 53, was shot to death in her home in Texas.
- Juan Antonio Rodríguez, 30, is already in custody for being the alleged murderer.
- Rodríguez killed Soroa, according to authorities, after a heated argument.
Marie Antoinette Soroa was shot to death in her home during an incident that still raises many questions for authorities. The Crimes Against Persons Division of the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) announced the arrest of Juan Antonio Rodríguez, as the alleged murderer of María Antonieta Soroa.
Juan Antonio Rodríguez, 30, is already in the El Paso County jail accused of a murder charge and, according to the Texas State Penal Code, anyone who pleads guilty to this crime after facing trial is punishable with a sentence of 20 to 99 years in prison.
María Antonieta Soroa died murdered in her home
Agents from the EPPD’s Crimes Against Persons Division listed the murder of María Antonieta Soroa, 53, as the 21st homicide so far in 2021. The number is close to the 25 homicides that were committed in El Paso, Texas last year, a border town with Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, in Mexico.
So far, the agents of the Division of Crimes against Persons of the EPPD are still investigating the crime against María Antonieta Soroa, since the agents, although they have already detained Juan Antonio Rodríguez as the alleged perpetrator, have not yet been able to determine the motive of the murder.
Alarmed neighbors call authorities
According to the arrest warrant for Juan Antonio Rodríguez, consulted by MundoHispánico In Texas, the tragedy began at 5:30 am on Saturday, September 4, 2021. That day, several people called the EPPD emergency number to report that they had heard shots that broke the morning tranquility.
EPPD patrols appeared on Texas Pecan Drive, in the Pecan Grove neighborhood, southwest of El Paso and where alarmed neighbors informed authorities that the shots had been heard at the home of a woman named María Antonieta Soroa, known to everyone on that street.
They find Marie Antoinette Soroa murdered
Before the complaint of the neighbors, the patrols broke into the house of María Antonieta Soroa. However, when the agents arrived at the woman’s house, it was already very late and they found her shot to death. Thereafter, agents from the EPPD’s Crimes Against Persons Division began the arduous investigation.
In the house of María Antonieta Soroa, the agents of the Division of Crimes against Persons of the EPPD were able to determine that the woman had a heated argument with someone inside her house and then that person had killed her with at least one shot, although he discharged the weapon several times.
They identify the alleged murderer of María Antonieta Soroa
During the investigations, the agents of the Division of Crimes against Persons of the EPPD were able to determine that the person who was inside the house with María Antonieta Soroa was her neighbor Juan Antonio Rodríguez, who also has his address on the same street as Texas Pecan Drive.
The nature of the relationship between the victim María Antonieta Soroa and her perpetrator Juan Antonio Rodríguez is not recorded in the documents of the case, nor is the reason why the man was in the woman’s house. Based on their investigations, EPPD agents issued an arrest warrant for Rodríguez.
The violent argument that ended in murder
In the investigation against Juan Antonio Rodríguez, the agents discovered that the man got into a violent discussion with the woman, the conflict escalated to violence and it was when the alleged murderer pulled out a pistol with which he fired the fatal shot that ended with the life of María Antonieta Soroa.
The agents of the Division of Crimes against Persons of the EPPD arrested Juan Antonio Rodríguez on Sunday, September 5, 2021 and took him to the El Paso County jail accused of the death of María Antonieta Soroa. However, the man took advantage of his right not to declare anything, so the motive for the crime is not yet known.
Why was María Antonieta Soroa killed?
Judge Humberto Acosta, who will take the case against Juan Antonio Rodríguez for the murder of María Antonieta Soroa upon receiving the case, granted the accused the right to face his trial in freedom with the payment of a bond of one million dollars. However, bail has not been paid and the man remains in detention.
Until the moment of writing this story, Judge Acosta has not determined when will be the first hearing against Juan Antonio Rodríguez for the murder of María Antonieta Soroa in a crime that has shaken the Hispanic community of El Paso, Texas, and of which the authorities still do not have a motive.
One more victim of firearms
The murder of María Antonieta Soroa 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 30,274 people have died so far this year.
Until last Sunday, September 5, 2o21 of those people who have been shot dead in the United States, a total of 13,906 were murdered and 16,368 committed suicide. 27,869 were injured. The country already experienced 477 mass shootings in the first half of the year, where several people died in the same event.
In Texas the carrying of arms is already free
Since last Wednesday, September 1, 2021, a new law on the free carrying of weapons came into force in Tecas. From that day on, by a law approved by 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 having permission, despite the constant deadly shootings.
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.”
The concern of the police forces
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, 2021.
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, to the citizens.
How did Juan Antonio Rodríguez get the gun?
It is no longer mandatory for a person to take a gun handling course before purchasing it as it was mandatory until Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Now it is only recommended to take a free online course offered by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS).
The only people who cannot carry a gun in Texas in public places are those with a criminal record. As of this writing the authorities have not. It was revealed if the weapon that killed María Antonieta Soroa was legally obtained by her alleged murderer Juan Antonio Rodríguez.
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