Police Release Details In Lower Valley Murder
POSTED: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 8:52pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 9:11pm
LOWER VALLEY — Family and friends are mourning the death of a 23-year-old woman who police say was killed when a teenager struck her with his vehicle on purpose, charging him with murder.
According to El Paso police, 19-year-old Miguel Tinoco was asked to leave a party in the Lower Valley and that resulted in an argument.
"It's very sad for the family of the victim,” said neighbor Liz Albarado.
Neighbors outside of a Lower Valley home are reacting to the sudden death of 23-year-old Miriam Aguirre. Neighbors say she had a two-year-old son.
"It's just weird how you know, people could be gathering and then all of a sudden it's like, wow she has passed. She's no longer with us. It's weird if you actually knew that person,” said Liz Albarado.
Police say Miguel Tinoco got into an argument with a group of people outside of a party after he was told to leave.
Tinoco started driving away, but then decided to make a U-turn, and gunned it in the direction of a group of people standing against the curb.
Police documents say Tinoco, " … was angry and intentionally steered his vehicle towards the victims striking them."
Three victims were sent to the hospital in critical condition. Another was treated and released.
Miriam Aguirre was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities are still investigating if alcohol played a role.
"You should just not drink and drive in the first place. I just think, yes bad things happen all the time, but just alcohol influences those bad things, so just lay off the alcohol,” said neighbor Edgar Bizcaino.
Police say another teen was sitting in the passenger seat of Tinoco's vehicle.
"I feel really bad for him. Wow, like that's pretty traumatizing for him. I mean like, you're seeing right in front of your eyes somebody getting killed,” said Bizcaino.
Another neighbor tells us that his home surveillance camera caught video of Tinoco's vehicle making a U-turn on the street.
He says the video is in the hands of investigators.