It’s been over 100 years since two recognized leaders in the Tejano community were killed by law enforcement, but descendants of the victims reflect on that tragedy.
Walo Bazan never met his grandfather, Jesus, but Walo is well-aware of his tragic death on September 29, 1915.
“They didn’t do anything wrong. They only came to report a theft that they had stolen their horses, of course,” said Walo.
That report was made at a local Texas Ranger Camp by recognized Tejano community leaders, Jesus Bazan and his son-in-law, Antonio Longoria, after a horse robbery at their ranch.
“My great-grandfather and uncle were in a quandary. They didn’t know whether they should report the stolen horses or not,” said Maria Teresa Brito. “And the reason they didn’t was because if they reported it, they could be seen as bandits.”
However, things took a turn once Bazan and Longoria left the camp.
“The Texas Rangers followed them [and] about 300 yards away from where they were, my grandfather and his son-in law saw their Motor-T coming so they moved to the side of the road,” said Walo.
“And that’s when they pulled to the side and shot them off their horses,” said Brito.
Three days later, Bazan and Longoria we’re finally properly buried where they were shot.
A landmark in San Manuel, which is located over 10 miles away from the burial site, was unveiled to the family this past November to honor the victims of the tragedy.