HCSO: two men charged with capital murder of 6-year-old girl

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MISSION, Texas (KVEO) — The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has charged two suspects involved in a shooting that left a 6-year-old dead.

The suspects were identified as Marco Antonio Reyes Chairez, 42, and Daniel Guzman Flores, 43.

Hidalgo County deputies responded to a call of deadly conduct on Tuesday just after 5 p.m. on South Mile 6 on La Homa Road and then East on Valencia Avenue in rural Mission.

Upon arrival, authorities found a 6-year-old girl with gunshot wounds to the head.

“The child was … on the bed watching television when she was struck by gunfire. We believe the projectile went through two walls,” Sheriff Eddie Guerra said during a press conference on Thursday. “It struck her in the head, she died instantly.”

Investigators met with the parents of the victim and neighbors that helped identify three vehicles that drove by the house shooting.

The vehicles were described as a silver Ford Echo Sport, a blue Chevy Impala or Malibu, and a beige GMC pick-up truck.

Deputies linked one of the vehicles to Daniel Guzman Flores.

Flores was found in Edinburg and taken to the HCSO for questioning. He admitted to helping Marco Antonio Reyes Chairez in the shooting.

Reyes was identified as the driver of the silver 2021 Ford Echo Sport that was seen on the surveillance video.

On Wednesday, a search warrant and a warrant for arrest were obtained. Later investigators searched the house of one of Reyes’ relatives in Mission.

Reyes was found hiding in the attic and was arrested on site.

On Thursday, both suspects were charged with capital murder and arraigned by Justice of the Peace Jerry Munoz. Their bond was set at $1 million.

“We haven’t established a motive,” Sheriff Guerra said. “At this time, we suspect it was because of a dispute, whether with the neighbors or somebody in the neighborhood.”

When asked if the suspects had expressed remorse, Investigator Linda Chavez, Hidalgo County Major Crimes Unit said, “I believe so, yes.”

“They are cowards, and because it was an innocent 6-year-old child involved, all members of my staff, especially our special major crimes unit, we are going to work tirelessly until we bring all these suspects that are involved in this case to justice,” said Sheriff Guerra.

Sheriff Guerra added that they are looking for at least two more suspects involved in the case.

If anybody knows any information, HSCO is asking the public to contact the HCSO Criminal Investigations Division at (956) 383-8114, or they can call anonymously to the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers hotline at (956) 668-8477. Anonymous tips may be submitted through the smartphone app “P3 Tips.”

If the information provided leads to an arrest, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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