Relief for family after police make arrest in teen’s 2012 killing

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It took 17 months, but the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force believes it got their man from a deadly road rage incident.

Jorge Ramirez, 31, was arrested before dawn Friday and charged with the first degree murder of 17-year-old Efren Gonzalez-Rojas, Jr.

It stems from a 2 a.m. incident outside Club Escapade in East Austin on Oct. 21, 2012.

(Courtesy: Gonzalez family)
Efren Gonzalez-Rojas Jr. (Courtesy: Gonzalez family)

Police say they responded to a crash in the 5700 block of Loyola Lane on Oct. 21, 2012 about 2:30 a.m., and a preliminary investigation showed people in two cars had been involved in a verbal altercation at nearby Club Escapade.

The disturbance carried out onto the roadway and quickly escalated, according to Austin police.

At some point, both vehicles were traveling westbound on Loyola Lane when the suspect vehicle rammed the victim’s vehicle from behind, causing it to leave the roadway and strike a pole.

Gonzalez-Rojas Jr., was ejected from his vehicle.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene shortly afterwards and transported Gonzalez-Rojas Jr. to University Medical Center at Brackenridge where he was pronounced dead.

Ramirez now sits in the Travis County jail on $150, 000 bond and the Rojas family is feeling some relief.

“My nephew is never going to come back but I think it will make (the family) feel a little better knowing that he can rest in peace because the person who did this is no longer outside enjoying what Efren cannot,” said Laura Rojas, speaking on behalf of Efren’s mother Lorena Rojas and his 14-year-old twin brothers Simon and Reuben.

Every week fresh flowers are placed at a cross along the crash site.

“A lot of people go visit him, and talk to him,” Laura Rojas said. “Family, friends. His mom is always there, you’ll see her almost every day.”

The family knows this is just the beginning of the legal process.

“Him being in a place where he will have time to think about what he did,” that would be proper justice, Laura Rojas said.

Efren was a senior at the Austin Can Academy. Seven months after his death he was graduated posthumously. His mother was presented his diploma.

The family intends to attend the Ramirez trial every day.

“I don’t know how many will be there but I think the family would like to be there,” Laura Rojas said. “Just to ask one question. Why?”

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