This week would have been the 23rd birthday of Tiffany Vanessa Galvan. A victim of murder in one of the most tragic cases seen in Cameron County dating back to 2010.
Six years ago, it was Tiffany’s 17th birthday. Two days later, the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department found her body at Benavides’s Park in Brownsville stabbed 48 times.
Maria Galvan, Tiffany’s Mother, “My daughter was a very happy person, very sweet, very lovable. She meant everything to me.”
“A traumatic experience for everyone”, stated Sheriff Omar Lucio.
At the time the suspect was a juvenile. Tiffany’s 16 year old presumed ex-boyfriend.
When it was determined the suspect would be tried as an adult, his identity was released as that of Javier de la Rosa Jr. from Lopez High School.
Two years later in March of 2012, at age 18, de la Rosa pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 years in prison for the murder of Tiffany Galvan.
A judge declared Javier de la Rosa guilty of First Degree Murder and sentenced him to the Texas Department of Justice Institution Division for a period of 90 years.
De la Rosa will be eligible for parole in 2042.
Tiffany’s memory remains engraved in the community. Her family and friends remember a 17 year old from Los Fresnos High School as an aspiring musician.
Maria Galvan, “She loved to sing, she was the one who sang at church on Sunday. She would always be making up a song, a Christian song for church. What else can I say? She was the best.”
KVEO reached out to Tiffany’s mother as well as District Attorney Luis V. Saenz. Both declined to comment at this time.
We’d also like to remind you that there is a place here in the Rio Grande Valley where you can go if you’ve experienced a violent crime. It’s called the Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone.
You can visit them at the address on your screen or give them a call. If you’d like to confide in someone else, you can also visit www.loveisrespect.org and talk to healthy relationship advocates there.