Motive unknown: More information revealed in weekend murder

HARLINGEN — New details have emerged regarding the murder of Houston resident Jose Filiberto Casillas.

The 33-year-old appears to have been shot at least once before his body was dumped in an irrigation canal this past weekend. Three people have been accused in connection with the murder, which occurred in a Harlingen hotel parking lot.

Gregorio Ramirez, 33, of Primera, and Mayra Camero, 22, of Brownsville and Jesus Ramirez, 30, of Primera face several charges related to the alleged crimes.

But, warrant affidavits obtained by the Valley Morning Star yesterday reveal more information about what may have happened leading up to the murder.

According to arrest warrant affidavits, Gregorio, Mayra, Jesus and the men’s mother had spent part of the day in Brownsville shopping around for a new vehicle.

Mayra and Gregorio then spent their Friday evening in Harlingen. Documents stated Mayra and Gregorio decided to go bar hopping.

That’s where they met up at Hot Shots with Casillas, an acquaintance of Gregorio’s.

“Gregorio told Mayra that they were going to take Casillas back to the Best Western where he had a room,” documents stated.

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