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Goliad deputies make third arrest in homicide case

By Sara Sneath
July 16, 2014 at 2:16 a.m.

The entrance to Warrick Road in Goliad where the body of Christoval Lee Garza, 38, was found early Friday morning. Garza was found lying on the ground somewhere on the road with a head injury according to Goliad County Sheriff Kirby Brumby.

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A third suspect in the death of a 38-year-old Goliad man was arrested Wednesday morning.

Endalesio R. Pompa IV, 29, of Goliad, is suspected of involvement in the death of Christoval Lee Garza, said Sgt. John Pape with the Goliad County Sheriff's Office. Luis Michael Flores, 49, and Torivio Gutierrez, 41, were arrested by deputies Tuesday in connection with the death investigation.

"Chris was just an all-around good guy. He just knew everybody. So, I wouldn't be surprised if they were friends," said Goliad resident Mary Jane Segura, who was close friends with Garza.

Segura is planning a balloon release in Garza's honor for early August. Family members of Garza will release balloons in Brownsville on the same day at the same time.

"What we really need right now is closure. I think we just need to go ahead and find peace and just let the authorities to do their job," Segura said.

Garza was found dead in a residential area on Warrick Road, behind the grain elevators on the morning of July 4.

The autopsy showed he suffered from blunt force trauma to the torso, Pape said. The evidence indicates multiple blows to the stomach led to Garza's death.

Pape would not release the suspected motive in the death because the case is still under investigation, he said.

"We don't anticipate any further arrests at this time," he said Wednesday morning.

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