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Four face charges in rural Mission homicide

Four men have been arrested in connection to a kidnapping and homicide that occurred in rural Mission last week.

When deputies responded to a residence in the 4800 block of Amber Drive just after midnight Dec. 10, they found Edgar Gamez, 25, with a gunshot wound. He gave them the nickname of one of the suspects–Monchies–before he was taken to a local hospital where he died.

20141219 Murder-Suspects-CompositeGamez had last been seen at his home in the 4600 block of Marshall Drive when he was forcefully taken by several people to the home on Amber Drive. Gamez tried to escape, but he was shot in the lower back.

According to a news release, “Monchies” was identified as 38-year-old Juan Miguel Miranda, and investigators believe a possible motive is money owed to the victim.

Miranda was charged with capital murder and taken to jail on a $1 million bond.

Meanwhile, Dec. 12, the U.S. Marshal Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force, in cooperation with Hidalgo County and San Juan police, arrested Robert Rivera Jr., 25, after a police chase.

According to a news release, Rivera admitted to being involved in Gamez’s kidnapping with three other people.

This week, brothers 24-year-old Omar Morin and 26-year-old Oliver Morin, were arrested in connection to the kidnapping. The Morins turned themselves in Wednesday to the sheriff’s office. They were due to be arraigned on capital murder charges Thursday after press time.

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