A HUGE petition is calling for the release of two teen brothers and a friend who reportedly killed their step-dad after their nine-year-old sister accused him of abuse.
The brutally beaten body of Gabriel Quintanilla, 42, was found in a Texas field last week.
Alejandro Trevino, 18, and Christian Trevino, 17, reportedly became “enraged” when their sister made the disturbing claims that he touched her inappropriately.
Cops had been searching for Quintanilla since 2019 when an arrest warrant was issued over claims he sexually abused another child.
The brothers reportedly confronted Quintanilla at an RV trailer park after hearing their sister’s allegations.
The fight broke up but resumed again later in the day at a nearby apartment complex.
Cops say that the brothers’ friend Juan Eduardo Melendez, 18, joined the second fight.
The trio left the complex but returned a short time later with a truck and found Quintanilla injured and walking alone on the road.
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Police say that he was then beaten to a pulp by the three teens using brass knuckles.
He was allegedly put into the bed of the pick-up truck and dumped in a field in McAllen, where he was found last Thursday.
Cops believe that Quintanilla was still alive when he was left in the field despite suffering severe head trauma.
The three teens were charged with capital murder and made their first appearance in court earlier this week.
“Capital murder because he was kidnapped when he was taken in the back of the F-150 and dropped off somewhere else,” Pharr Chief of Police Andy Harvey said, KRGV berigte.
“And then at the scene where they dropped him off, the Treviño’s removed, stole some property from Quintanilla.
“This investigation was complex having multiple scenes,” hy het bygevoeg.
“I am proud of how our detectives were able to put the pieces together in such a short time.”
CALLS FOR ‘JUSTICE’
Egter, hundreds of thousands are calling on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to release the teens.
An online petition has been signed by more than 246,000 people as of Friday morning stating that the trio deserves to be set free for defending their sister.
“The three teenagers are currently in custody and have their bonds set at over 1 million dollars each. If convicted of capital murder, they face a minimum sentence of life imprisonment without parole,” it reads.
“We ask that the state of Texas to release these teenagers, who could possibly spend the rest of their life in prison for protecting their sister.”
Signees have claimed that the teens are “onskuldig” and did “what the law failed to do” after their sister was “failed.”
“They are heroes,” 'n ander het geskryf.
Police say they had attempted to track down Quintanilla in 2019 but he had not been seen since the arrest warrant was issued until his body was found last week.
He was wanted in Pharr, Texas, for an unrelated case for continuous sexual assault of a child and assault family violence, Volgens KWTX.
A minor reportedly claimed he had sexually assaulted her between 2014 en 2016.
“The detectives went out to look for Quintanilla at that time and were unable to find him,” Harvey said.
“They searched his last known residence, they went to his mother’s residence multiple times.
“He was being elusive, natuurlik, and hiding from us.”
Quintanilla’s name was entered into a national database but he had been on the run ever since.
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Both Melendez and Christian Trevino were charged with capital murder and aggravated assault.
Alexandro Trevino is charged with aggravated assault and engaging in organized criminal activity.
They are being held in Hidalgo County jail on bonds totaling $1million each.
The investigation continues as cops probe whether charges should be brought against the teens’ mother as well.
“That’s still all part of the open investigation and that’s certainly a question that we had,” Harvey said.
“Why we weren’t notified? And that kind of thing, so there are more questions out there and that’s something that we’re still looking into.”
It is unclear if the nine-year-old sister remains in the custody of the family or is in state custody.