Two men charged in 13-year-old’s death

Two men charged in 13-year-old’s death

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Austin police issue warrants for two men who they say are involved in the New Year's Day death of 13-year-old Sophia Martinez.

According to court paperwork, Sophia Martinez was given vodka and whiskey to drink New Year's Eve and on New Year's Day she was found dead.

According to court paperwork, one of Martinez's friends says the two left a home they were to stay at New Year's Eve and met up with a 23-year-old man named Jose Ricardo Garcia-Zavala.

Police say Garcia-Zavala took them to his home on Lamb's Lane off East William Cannon. Friday crime scene techs were going through the trash cans.

It was there that Martinez's friend says the two were given alcohol by Garcia-Zavala and his friend Mario Angeles-Hernandez. Martinez's friend estimates Martinez had five servings of vodka and four servings of whiskey. She also says a substance resembling marijuana was in the home.

Martinez's friend says when she woke she says Martinez was laying on the couch--not breathing.

The friend says the men dropped the girls off at this home on Lakehurst Drive. That's when police were called.

Police say both men admitted to providing the alcohol. Police have issued warrants for their arrest.

They are waiting for the official cause of death, but feel it has to do with the alcohol.

"Likely in this case it was very detrimental to her and her friend and I think her friend is very aware of that at this point. It's been a tough few days for her but a learning lesson for her," said Sgt. Brian Miller of APD Homicide.

Jose Ricardo Garcia-Zavala is wanted for a parole violation. Mario Angeles-Hernancez is also wanted for endangering a child. The US Marshals are assisting APD in locating the men. If you see them call police immediately.

FOX 7 spoke with friends of the family. They don't know who the men are.

According to court paperwork the girls met the men at a bus stop a couple of weeks ago.

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