Police investigate two separate homicides

Police investigate two separate homicides

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There have been four murders within the last three weeks, two of them happened just last week.

It was inside of a South Austin home on Tuesday where police found 34-year-old Felix Quintanilla lying on the ground with gunshot wounds. He was taken off life support Saturday, which could now mean a more serious charge for the suspect.

Officers say Johnnie Ray Johnson had arranged to buy marijuana from Quintanilla at 604 Swanson Cove.

According to court paperwork, while driving to the victim's house, a friend of Johnson's stated he was going to rob Quintanilla and pulled out a handgun.

After the men left Quintanilla's house, a family member found him shot. APD has charged one suspect and anticipates filing charges on others as well.

"As of this date, one suspect Johnnie Ray Hohnson. He's a black male, born 7-21-1995 and is charged with aggravated robbery. This charge was filed before Felix actually died so it's possible that we might upgrade his charge depending our guidance from the District Attorney's Office," Sgt. Brian Miller, Austin Police Department.

The victim's family who owns Serrano's Mexican Restaurant, released the following a statement:

"Felix Quintanilla who passed on Saturday, was only 34-years-old. Known to some as "Phil", he was a loving son, brother, and friend to many. He was also a devoted uncle and loved spending time with his nieces and nephews. After his mother passed away, Phil was always there to support and care for his siblings. He was a dedicated employee, loved and respected by his co-workers at Serrano's. He always had something to say that would make you laugh or smile and he absolutely loved sports, especially the Cowboys and Longhorns. He had a boundless generosity and was a true hero, donating his organs to save many lives. Phil will be sorely missed, but his caring spirit and loving nature will live on through his family and friends."

The other homicide under investigation happened Sunday morning in the 8500 block of Old Manor Road.

A security guard manning a construction site reported a dead body on a dirt road.

Officers arrived on scene where they discovered a Hispanic male with apparent trauma to his body.

He has been identified as 36-year-old Robert Morales Jr.

He lived in Southeast Austin and worked for his father's construction business.

Police are still trying to piece together what happened.

"Just anybody that might have any information on his whereabouts, Mr. Morale's whereabouts prior to Sunday morning, please give us a call. If they saw him out anywhere, if they know him. Anything that can help us establish a really firm timeline," said Sgt. Miller.

If we look at 2014, there have been three homicides already. That's compared to the first homicide we had in 2013, which was not until February.

If you have information on either of these cases call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS

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