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Two Texas gang members in the U.S. illegally, charged with gruesome double murder

September 30, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two Texas gang members in the U.S. illegally, charged with gruesome double murder

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Texas police say two men in the U.S. illegally are facing capital murder charges in connection with the execution-style killing of two men, then burning the victims’ bodies.

The two jailed undocumented immigrants are believed to be members of a violent gang called the Tri-City Bombers, who have been linked to a number of massacres and high profile murders.

Earlier this week, investigators with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Edwin Adrian Salinas and Hector Javier Rodriguez Alvarado, 24 for the murders. Authorities had initially apprehended Salinas on unrelated drug charges, but after his arrest, investigators were able to connect him to the double murder.

Sheriff’s office spokesman JP Rodriguez said Salinas confessed having is role in the murder to investigators. Salinas had visible scarring on his body consistent with burn injuries after he helped set fire to a car.

Salinas and Alvarado went before a local justice of the peace, who formally charged him with two counts of capital murder and set bond for both suspects at $2 million.

In May, firefighters with the Monte Alto Fire Department discovered the bodies of 23-year-old Jose Luis Salinas Torres and 26-year-old Lazaro Alejandro Martinez Esparza in the trunk of the car after responding to a car fire in rural Hidalgo County.

Both men sustained gunshot wounds. Investigators believe they were murdered at another location and driven to the rural area where the car was set ablaze with the bodies in the trunk.

Authorities believe a drug dispute is the motive behind the murders.

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