Suspect charged in fatal stabbing

April 27, 2010 4:21:14 PM PDT
The Harris County Sheriff's office is investigating whether an attempt to get out of a gang led to a deadly stabbing on the northeast side. A 21-year old man was killed, and now a teen has been charged with the murder.

The victim in that stabbing was the brother of a 17-year-old who allegedly wanted out of a gang. The two were jumped at a trailer park by a group of alleged gang members who were wearing what appeared to be school uniforms.

Neighbors on Coral Reef near Parktrail say a group of guys were playing basketball, and then the brawl broke out in front of the boys' home.

Sources tell Eyewitness News around 6:30pm Monday, a group of about 20 teenagers wearing what appeared to be school uniforms jumped two Hispanic men. We're hearing the two may have been targeted by a gang.

Jeremy Garza, 17, and his older brother Senon Garza, 21, were jumped, kicked and then taken to the side of their trailer where they were stabbed multiple times. The crowd scattered, leaving the men on the ground. Two friends, who were nearby, rushed over to the aid of the older brother. They took him to the East Houston Regional Hospital where he died.

Officials say Jason Manuel Pinon, 19, has been charged with murder. Late Tuesday afternoon, Pinon was arrested.

Friends of the victims say the fatal stabbing may be the result of gang activity because the younger brother Jeremy was involved. But he reportedly wanted out and the only way to do so was through fighting.

Eyewitnesses describe quite a bit of commotion in the area before the stabbing.

"The boys were playing basketball and then I seen a bunch of kids running down the street," said Heidi Cotto, the victims' neighbor. "I seen them fighting and all I heard was one got stabbed and they rushed him to the hospital. Later that night I heard that he didn't make it."

No arrests have been made in this case. Schools in the area have added extra security and brought in counselors to talk to students.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident and anyone with any information is asked to CrimeStoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

You can find more information on this story in the North Channel Sentinal.


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