9 year old sister spoke out about sexual assault at the hands of her father- now her brothers and their friend have been arrested

(From left to right:) Christian Trevino, 18, Alejandro Trevino,18, and Juan Eduardo Melendez, 18, of Pharr, Texas. [Image credit: Hidalgo County Jail]

Pharr, Texas: Two brothers and their friend have been arrested after 42-year-old Gabriel Quintanilla was found dead in a McAllen field from apparent blunt force trauma to the head on January 20, 2022.

 

According to reports, a 9-year-old girl, Christian and Alejandro Trevino's half sister, spoke out about being sexually assaulted at a trailer park by her father, Quintanilla.

 

Quintanilla was also the step-father of the two brothers.

 

"When brothers Alejandro and Christian Trevino found out, they became enraged and confronted Gabriel Quintanilla at the residence. A physical fight ensued between the three and the victim Quintanilla left the location on foot," an initial release from the Pharr Police Department said.

 

Christian Trevino then allegedly chased Quintanilla to a nearby apartment complex where he was once again assaulted by the two brothers and this time their friend as well, Juan Eduardo Melendez.

 

The Trevino brothers and Melendez then reportedly left the scene and switched vehicles, from a red Dodge Charger to a pickup truck.

 

As the three headed back towards the apartment complex, they allegedly came upon Quintanilla walking along the roadside, injured and alone. Police state that he was assaulted again before being placed into the bed of the pickup truck and ultimately dumped in the field where his body was later found.

 

The McAllen Police Department have handed the investigation over to the Pharr Police Department.

 

At the time of his death Quintanilla was wanted on a warrant for continuous sexual abuse of a child. In 2019 another child had accused him of sexually assaulting her between 2014 and 2016.

 

Christian has been charged with aggravated assault, murder, and engaging in organized criminal activity. He is being held on a bond of  $1.5 million.

 

Alejandro has been charged with aggravated assault and engaging in organized criminal activity. He is being held on a bond of $1 million. He has not been charged with murder because police believe he is not responsible for the fatal blows according to Deputy Chief Juan Gonzalez.

 

Melendez has been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, murder, aggravated assault and possession of marijuana. He is being held on a bond of $1,502,000.

 

Their initial arraignment took place on Sunday, January 23.