Po­lice look­ing for sus­pect in shoot­ing of jour­nal­ist

The Dallas Morning News - - METRO - 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 gar­land­crimestop­pers.org. 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.

ANI­BAL EDIL­FREDO CHIRINO ME­JIA

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