Police looking for suspect in shooting of journalist
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