Four arrested in Palacios Paz murder

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Franklin Rodriguez Palacios Paz. (Image courtesy Edinburg Police Department).

Franklin Rodriguez Palacios Paz. (Image courtesy Edinburg Police Department).

Three months after the discovery of the body of Edinburg resident Jose Francisco Palacios Paz, 33, near South Padre Island authorities have made several arrests in the case.

In what one investigator called one of the most ghastly murders in the Rio Grande Valley since Mark Kilroy in 1989, Palacios Paz’s decapitated body was discovered by two fishermen in the Laguna Madre near the South Padre Island Convention Centre. His body also showed signs of trauma to the chest, according to statements made by authorities in March.

On June 24,  after three months of investigating the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department arrested Fernando Luna Rodriguez 35, Aaron Rodriguez Medellin 22, Eduardo Luna Rodriguez 24, and Nestor Manuel Leal, 18. All four suspects are being arraigned and charged separately with murder, engaging in criminal activity, and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.

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