Robber killed during a home invasion. Now, three suspects arrested in connection to his murder.

Source: MEGA; Pharr police

Jul. 4 2021, Published 9:20 a.m. ET

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A robber was killed during a home invasion and now three people face charges in connection to his murder, police in Pharr, Texas, announced.

Two suspects entered Erik Daniel Garza’s home by force and demanded drugs on June 18, according to police. Multiple gunshots were fired inside the home.

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Pharr police arrested Garza, 28, who was charged with the murder of Jose Eduardo Morales, 25, one of the alleged robbers, on June 19. One of the residents suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound as well.

Garza allegedly sold drugs out of his home, Pharr Police said.

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That same day, Pharr Police identified three other persons of interest in the investigation: Sixto Gonzalez, 24; Leslie Denise Medina, 26; and Dereck Medina, 27.


U.S. Marshals arrested Gonzalez at the Hidalgo Bridge for a violation of federal probation on June 24. He is currently in their custody at the La Villa Detention Center.

Marshals also took Dereck Medina into custody in Mississippi on a warrant issued by the Pharr Police Department for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Dereck Medina was returned to Pharr on July 1 for his arraignment.

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Leslie Denise Medina has not been arrested in connection to the incident.

“I want to thank our detectives who worked tirelessly working with our federal partners in locating and arresting these violent offenders,” Pharr Police Chief Andy Harvey said in a statement.

“Our community helped us with information that helped us. Together, we make our city safer.”


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