Police have released the name of a Brownsville man shot and killed during a party in Harlingen and charged a woman with destroying evidence at the scene of the crime.
The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Byron Pineda. He was shot in the back when a fight broke out at the party inside an apartment at 1902 E. Tyler. Someone then took Pineda’s body to Harlingen Medical Center where police learned of the shooting.
Investigators arrested a juvenile Thursday afternoon and charged him with Pineda’s murder.
Police say they also charged five others with failing to report a felony. Those charged include Stephanie Lee Lopez, 31; Crystal Rae Ramos, 24; Lorraine Camero, 24; Isis Rene Rivera, 33; and Albert Alexander Hernandez, 21. The offense is a class A misdemeanor.
Harlingen Police Sgt. David Osborne says none of the five called police or emergency services. He says they also failed to render aid to the victim.
Crystal Rae Ramos, who rented the apartment where the shooting happened, is also charged with tampering with evidence, a third degree felony.
According to Osborne, Ramos tried to clean up blood from the crime scene before police arrived therefore destroying evidence.