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Man charged with murder in connection with Edinburg homicide investigation

4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Friday, September 09 2022 Sep 9, 2022 September 09, 2022 1:36 PM September 09, 2022 in News - Local

A man was charged with murder on Friday in connection with an Edinburg homicide investigation. 

Rogelio Ramirez Cortez, 61, was charged with murder, a first-degree felony, in connection with the death of 28-year-old Maritza Idette Zamora of Mission, who was found unresponsive inside an apartment located on the 3700 block of Sarah Evans St. on Wednesday. 

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Cortez is the father of the man police say killed Zamora.

Autopsy results indicate Zamora's manner of death to be blunt force trauma, according to a spokesperson for the city. 

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Cortez was initially identified as a person of interest in the homicide investigation and was detained in Alton on Thursday. His son, Robert Pena, barricaded himself in an apartment on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Alton when police attempted to question him, according to Edinburg police Lt. Reynaldo Sepulveda. 

Pena died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

At a Thursday press conference, police said Pena was in a relationship with Zamora.

"The father assisted the son in the murder," Sepulveda said.

A judge set Cortez's bond at $1 million. 

Cortez has requested a court-appointed attorney.

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