Decapitated victim in double homicide identified by Medical Examiner
Police recovered two bodies from a shallow grave in the backyard of a Central Arlington home
A man who was beheaded in a gruesome double homicide has been identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
Erick “Diablo” Zelaya, 27, was murdered at a residence in the 200 block of Burton Drive near AT&T Stadium. Police found his body buried in a shallow grave along with the body of his reported 17-year-old girlfriend.
The Medical Examiner reported that Zelaya died from “multiple gunshot wounds.” Police began investigating his disappearance on Sept. 2 after a resident reportedly found his severed head on a dirt trail in the 400 block of Truman Street.
Alongside Zeyala’s severed head was a sign written in Spanish which loosely translated to “respect the Hispanic race; someone missing; slacker.”
While investigating the gruesome discovery, police were contacted by 18-year-old Mariano Sanchez-Pina, who lived in a nearby apartment unit.
Information provided by Sanchez-Pina led to the identification of Hector “El Cholo” Acosta-Ojeda, 28. The 18-year-old was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant out of Tarrant County for burglary, and was later charged with murder.
At the same time, police issued a statement requesting citizens report the location of Acosta-Ojeda, who was considered armed and “extremely dangerous.”
In their investigation, detectives recovered Zeyala’s body and that of 17-year-old Iris Chirinos buried in the backyard of the Burton Drive address, which belonged to Acosta-Ojeda.
The 28-year-old was arrested Thursday afternoon after a citizen tip notified police he was at a home in Fort Worth. The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force responded to the tip and arrested Acosta-Ojeda without incident.
Both Sanchez-Pina and Acosta-Ojeda are being held in the Tarrant County Jail on murder charges.