Suspect arraigned after body found in Weslaco-area grass fire

7 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Friday, July 29 2022 Jul 29, 2022 July 29, 2022 8:50 AM July 29, 2022 in News - Local

A homicide suspect has been arrested after Weslaco firefighters discovered a man's body while responding to a grass fire early Friday morning, according to Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office officials. 

Jose Alfonso Lopez, 27, was charged Friday in connection to the homicide investigation.

Lopez faces charges of murder, evading arrest and failure to identify. 

A judge set his bond at $1.2 million.

The victim - identified as 21-year-old Edel Galvan - was stabbed near the heart before his body was dumped and then set on fire, Guerra said.

"A possible motive was that our victim disrespected our suspect, they are members of the same criminal street gang," Guerra said. "We were able to solve this case and have an individual in custody because of a witness."

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra says the fire captain found the partially burned body at about 4:20 a.m. after the Weslaco Fire Department responded to the grass fire east of Mile 4 West on Mile 13 1/2 North in rural Weslaco. 

Major crimes investigators are working the investigation. 

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the sheriff's office at 956-383-8114. 

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