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Texas brothers arrested ‘for beating their stepfather to death after sexually abusing their half-sister’

Texas teenage brothers and boyfriend arrested ‘for beating stepfather to death with BRASS KNUCKLES after he sexually assaulted their half-sister, nine’

  • Siblings Christian Trevino and Alejandro Trevino, both 18, were arrested Saturday in Pharr, Texas.
  • The boys were taken into custody along with their friend Juan Eduardo Melendez, 18, for the murder of their stepfather, Gabriel Quintanilla, last Thursday.
  • The Trevino brothers approached Quintanilla after their nine-year-old half-sister came forward and said her 42-year-old father had sexually assaulted her
  • Quintanilla was beaten three times and thrown into the back of a pickup truck before they left his body in a McAllen field
  • Christian Trevino and Melendez were charged with manslaughter



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A pair of Texas teenage brothers have been charged with murder for beating their stepfather to death with brass knuckles for allegedly molesting their nine-year-old half-sister.

Christian Trevino and Alejandro Trevino, both 18 years old, were arrested Saturday by Pharr Police in Pharr for the brutal murder of Gabriel Quintanilla, 42, last Thursday.

Authorities also arrested their friend, Juan Eduardo Melendez, 18, who helped the brothers attack their half-sister’s father.

The Trevino brothers are said to be half-brothers of the same father.

Pharr police said Quintanilla was beaten with brass knuckles and thrown into the back of a pickup truck before the defendants left his body in a McAllen field.

Quintanilla suffered head trauma and police say he may have been alive when the brothers and their friend dumped his body.

Christian Trevino

Alejandro Trevino,

Alejandro Trevino,

Christian Trevino (left) and Alejandro Trevino (right) were taken into custody Saturday for the fatal beating of their stepfather, who was accused of sexually assaulting their nine-year-old half-sister last Thursday. Christian Trevino faces murder, aggravated assault and involvement in organized criminal activity. His brother was charged with aggravated assault and participation in organized criminal activities

Juan Melendez assisted the Trevino brothers in the brutal beating of the boys' stepfather, Gabriel Quintanilla, who was accused of sexually assaulting their nine-year-old half-sister.  Melendez was charged with murder, aggravated assault and participating in organized criminal activity.

Juan Melendez assisted the Trevino brothers in the brutal beating of the boys' stepfather, Gabriel Quintanilla, who was accused of sexually abusing their nine-year-old half-sister.  Melendez was charged with murder, aggravated assault and participating in organized criminal activity.

Juan Melendez assisted the Trevino brothers in the brutal beating of the boys’ stepfather, Gabriel Quintanilla, who was accused of sexually abusing their nine-year-old half-sister. Melendez was charged with murder, aggravated assault and participating in organized criminal activity.

Christian Trevino (left) Juan Eduardo Melendez (center) and Alejandro Trevino (right) were arrested on Saturday.  They stay in jail on $1 million bonds

Christian Trevino (left) Juan Eduardo Melendez (center) and Alejandro Trevino (right) were arrested on Saturday.  They stay in jail on $1 million bonds

Christian Trevino (left) Juan Eduardo Melendez (center) and Alejandro Trevino (right) were arrested on Saturday. They stay in jail on $1 million bonds

The incident took place when the Trevino brothers searched Quintanilla at an RV park residence after learning that he had allegedly touched their sibling inappropriately.

Pharr police said a fight broke out between the three men before Quintanilla ran off.

Authorities say Christian Trevino ran after Quintanilla and cornered him in an apartment complex. Alejandro Trevino was joined by Melendez in Quintanilla’s second beating.

The three teens left the scene of the attack to switch vehicles and later returned to look for Quintanilla, who was seen walking down a road.

The brothers Trevino and Melendez then attacked Quintanilla for the third time and placed his body in the pickup truck.

Both Christian Trevino and Melendez have been charged with murder, aggravated assault and participating in organized criminal activity.

Christian Trevino (left) and Juan Eduardo Melendez (standing at the entrance of the door) were both charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault and participation in organized criminal activity

Christian Trevino (left) and Juan Eduardo Melendez (standing at the entrance of the door) were both charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault and participation in organized criminal activity

Christian Trevino (left) and Juan Eduardo Melendez (standing at the entrance of the door) were both charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault and participation in organized criminal activity

Christian Trevino (second from left to bottom left), Juan Eduardo Melendez (center) and Alejandro Trevino (third from right) were arrested on Saturday

Christian Trevino (second from left to bottom left), Juan Eduardo Melendez (center) and Alejandro Trevino (third from right) were arrested on Saturday

Christian Trevino (second from left to bottom left), Juan Eduardo Melendez (center) and Alejandro Trevino (third from right) were arrested on Saturday

Alejandro Trevino was charged with aggravated assault and participation in organized criminal activities.

Pharr’s deputy police chief Juan Gonzalez said no murder charges have been filed against Alejandro Trevino because Christian Trevino and Melendez were the ones who dealt the blows that ultimately killed Quintanilla.

Pharr Police Chief Andy Harvey revealed at a press conference on Tuesday that Quintanilla had a 2019 arrest warrant for allegedly sexually abusing another minor.

Quintanilla had sexually assaulted the girl between 2014 and 2016.

“He was elusive and clearly hiding from us,” Harvey said.

DailyMail.com has contacted the Pharr Police Department for more information.

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