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Brownsville police: Two suspects in custody in connection with body found in February grass fire

Brownsville police: Two suspects in custody in connection with body found in February grass fire
1 year 3 months 1 week ago Tuesday, April 11 2023 Apr 11, 2023 April 11, 2023 12:12 PM April 11, 2023 in News - Local

Two suspects who were already in custody were named as suspects in the February death of a woman body was found in a Brownsville grass fire, police said.

Francisco Javier Hernandez Jr. was charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the death of Kassandra Roquemore, according to a news release.

Roquemore’s body was found in an open field along FM 511 on Feb. 20 after someone tried to put out a grass fire in the area, police said.

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An autopsy obtained by Channel 5 News revealed Roquemore had drugs and alcohol in her system before she died, and that she was shot in the head before her body was burned.

Hernandez is accused of shooting her at a different location and moving her to the field with the help of a second suspect, identified as Mary Bodden.

Brownsville police spokesman Investigator Martin Sandoval said the three individuals were friends.

"Cases like this really hit hard because how can you take someone's life,"Sandoval said. "This is a question that we always ask, how can somebody do this. And the only person that knows is the actual person that did it."

Both individuals were already in custody on unrelated charges.

Hernandez was arraigned Thursday and had his bond set at over $1 million.

Bodden is awaiting arraignment for her alleged involvement in the investigation, according to the news release.

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