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What led to arrests of 3 accused of killing Emily Rodriguez Avila

The 19-year-old ex-boyfriend of Emily Rodriguez-Avila and two of his mates picked her up at her job at Niko Niko’s and killed her the subsequent morning, LCSO mentioned.

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas — Friends of a (*3*)helped lead investigators to her killers, the sheriff’s office mentioned at a information convention Friday. 

All three suspects have confessed and so they stay within the Liberty County Jail, in accordance to LCSO Capt. William Knox.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, we have a 16-year-old girl that’s not going home to her family, just violently murdered,” Knox mentioned at a information convention.

He mentioned as soon as they recognized the sufferer as 16-year-old Emily Rodriguez-Avila, they started interviewing her mates and that is what finally led them to the primary suspect arrested. 

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After questioning 20-year-old Katherine Alvarez-Flores on Sept. 8, she was charged with tampering with proof. Knox mentioned she confessed to her function within the woman’s loss of life two days later and was charged with homicide. 

Warrants had been then issued for Kevin Rivera-Ortiz, 19, and Joel Garcia- Martinez, 20. Both had been arrested in Houston on Sept. 20 and likewise charged with homicide. 

Knox mentioned Rivera-Ortiz nonetheless had the gun used to kill his ex-girlfriend and Garcia-Martinez had the automobile they used. 

According to Knox, they gave totally different tales in regards to the motive for killing Rodriguez-Avila after selecting her up at her job at a Montrose restaurant on Sept. 3. She was shot twice — within the head and the facet — the subsequent morning and dumped on the facet of CR 3550 in Cleveland. 

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Knox mentioned the ex-boyfriend has household in Liberty County and is accustomed to the world so that they imagine that is why they drove there from Houston. He mentioned the sufferer went with them willingly. 

Rivera-Ortiz and Garcia-Martinez had been right here illegally, in accordance to Knox. Rivera-Ortiz got here right here from El Salvador in 2018 and was wished on a fugitive ICE warrant. Garcia-Martinez and the sufferer had been each from Honduras. 

None of the suspects had a legal file however they’re wanting into whether or not they’re concerned in a gang.

All three stay jailed on $1M bonds. 

Knox credited the Houston Police Department and the Texas Rangers for his or her assist on this case.

WATCH: LCSO news conference on Emily Rodriguez-Avila murder

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