The Dallas Morning News

Police looking for suspect in shooting of journalist

- Julieta Chiquillo

Garland police are looking for a 23-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting Fort Worth journalist Jacinto Hernandez Torres in June.

Police identified the suspect as Anibal Edilfredo Chirino Mejia of Garland. He faces a murder charge.

Detectives analyzed Torres’ phone to review his communicat­ions before the slaying around June 10, police said. Torres’ body was discovered June 13 in the backyard of a vacant home in the 4200 block of Mayflower Drive. He had been considerin­g the home as an investment property.

The investigat­ion showed that Torres was facing two lawsuits filed against him in connection to the purchase of two homes, according to police. Mejia intended to also file suit against Torres, and investigat­ors discovered informatio­n that led them to believe he was the killer, police said.

Garland homicide detectives are working with the U.S. Marshals Service to find Mejia.

Anyone with informatio­n can call Garland police at 972-485-4840 or submit a tip anonymousl­y at 972-2728477 or garlandcri­ Tipsters are eligible for a reward of up to $5,000 for informatio­n that leads to an arrest or indictment.

Torres — whose byline was Jay Torres — emigrated from Mexico to the Dallas area in 1979 to pursue a career as a journalist, and it was his own experience that fueled much of his immigratio­n reporting, his family said as they reflected on his career.

“He was a humanitari­an in every sense of the word,” his daughter Aline Torres said in June.

Torres had worked as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and later became a freelancer.


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