- Maria Molina, 25, is charged with a triple gunshot murder in Garland, Texas.
- A previous conflict caused the assassination of Bryce Brittain, Javier Coronado and José Martínez.
- Authorities are looking for Jesús Ángel Gómez Jr., 19, an alleged accomplice of Molina.
María Molina was arrested in Texas accused of being part of a group of people who shot and killed three other men. The Homicide Division of the Garland Police Department (GPD) revealed on Wednesday afternoon, August 25, 2021, the girl’s arrest, who faces three charges of homicide.
In legal terms, the situation of María Fernanda Molina, 25, is very complicated, because according to the Texas State Penal Code each murder charge is punishable by a sentence of 20 to 99 years in jail for whoever is found guilty of that charge, after facing trial and the girl faces three charges for that crime.
María Fernanda Molina is accused of a triple homicide
The legal documents of the case, consulted by MundoHispánico in Texas, they detail that María Molina was part of the group of three people who shot and attacked three Hispanics last Monday, August 9, 2021 outside an apartment complex in Garland, a city located in the northeast of the Dallas metropolitan area.
In the shooting for which they accuse María Molina, 17-year-old Bryce Brittain was shot dead; Javier Coronado, 18 years old; and José Martínez, 40 years old. The agents of the Homicide Division of the GPD revealed that there are two other young women associated with the crime with María Molina although, so far, they only know the identity of one of them.
Neighbors Report Intense Shooting
At 11:00 pm last Monday, August 9, 2021, the GPD emergency number received several calls from frantic and scared neighbors who reported that outside the Orchard Hills Apartments housing complex, 1300 West Kingsley Road, there were an intense shooting that had them confined in their homes.
The first patrolmen to arrive at the crime scene found three people outside the apartment complex, who were badly wounded from several gunshots. The agents requested the presence of the paramedics of the Garland Fire Department (GFD) to care for the injured.
Three men found shot to death
However, when GFD paramedics arrived at the scene of the shooting, they could no longer do anything for the three men and they were pronounced dead at the scene. Then the agents of the Homicide Division took up the case, who investigated the details prior to the shooting that alarmed the neighbors.
According to some people who spoke to authorities, the three dead men were outside their respective apartments when three other young men suddenly approached in a car. All three, according to testimonies, were Hispanic and confronted the victims.
Security cameras reveal details of the crime
The agents of the GFD Homicide Division recovered images from the security cameras of some departments, between 10:30 and 10:45 at night, where at least two people are seen approaching the victims and they get into a heated argument.
In the investigation, the agents do not detail what triggered the discussion between the victims and the perpetrators. However, officers from the GFD Homicide Division know that at least one of those killed today had a prior conflict with at least two of the shooters. One of the people killed had nothing to do with the conflict.
Protected by night, the killers escape
The discussion escalated and at one point the newcomers drew pistols from their clothes and fired at the other three men at close range. The accusation against the young María Molina does not detail whether she was one of the two people who drew a weapon. Anyway, the girl faces charges for those three homicides.
After the shooting, the two shooters run to the street where a car was waiting for them and they escape at full speed, protecting themselves by the darkness of the night before the first GFD patrols arrived, alerted by the frightened neighbors who were in their houses.
Jesús Ángel Gómez Jr. is identified as an accessory to the crime
The escape route for María Molina and the other two boys was instrumental in solving the crime. The agents of the GFD Homicide Division recovered other images from the cameras of the neighboring businesses Orchard Hills Apartments, since on the corner there is a gas station and a supermarket among other businesses.
Thanks to these images on the street, detectives were able to identify the car in which María Molina was traveling with the other two men. After two weeks of investigations, the agents also identified his alleged accomplice as Jesús Ángel Gómez Jr., 19, who remains a fugitive. The other involved in the crime has not been identified.
Who is María Molina’s other accomplice?
The young María Molina is already detained in the prison of the Dallas county waiting to face your criminal process. So far the case documents do not detail when the girl’s first hearing will be. In the investigation of the case it is not recorded what was the motive of the triple homicide.
Now the agents of the Homicide Division of the GPD need the help of the Hispanic community to arrest the fugitive Jesús Ángel Gómez Jr. and ask that if anyone knows his whereabouts call them at 972.485.4859 or the non-profit organization Garland Crime Stoppers at 972.272.8477. All tracks will be kept anonymous.
Authorities ask for help from the Hispanic community
The detectives of the Homicide Division of the GPD also ask the residents of the West Kingsley Road around to check their cameras between 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on that Monday, August 9, 2021, in order to identify the third alleged accomplice of María Molina in the murder of the other three people.
In Garland, Texas, Latinos are the majority of the residents in that city, since according to the United States Census Bureau it details that 43 out of every 100 inhabitants identify themselves as Hispanic. The GPD has personnel who speak Spanish to be able to take calls from those who denounce the whereabouts of María Molina’s accomplices.
María Molina, one more link in gun violence
The accusation of the triple homicide against María Molina is one more link in the violence with firearms. The non-profit organization National Archive of Gun Violence, which fights to raise awareness about the dangers of free sale of firearms, reports that 28,682 people have died so far this year.
As of Sunday, August 22, 2o21 of those people who have been shot dead in the United States, a total of 13,172 were murdered and 15,510 committed suicide. 26,375 were injured. The country has already experienced 450 mass shootings in the first half of the year, where several people died in the same event.
Carrying arms in Texas will be free
Particularly in Texas, gun violence could worsen as of next Wednesday, September 1, 2021, as the governor Greg abbott He promoted a law that allows the purchase of arms in the state and the free and visible carriage without restrictions.
The law that Governor Greg Abbott passed is called Reform in the Texas Congress 1927 and which has many law enforcement agencies in the state very concerned, since as of that Wednesday any person without training and without a license can buy and carry a weapon in public and in full view of others.
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