COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KXAN) — What started out as an argument between a couple ended with a 21-year-old Texas A&M student shot to death.
College Station police say Victor Manuel Garcia-Loyo, 22, confessed to killing his girlfriend, Maricarmen Quiroz-Octaviano, of Austin, on Sept. 16. Officers were called to the 400 block of Anderson St. after reports that someone had been shot. They searched the apartment and found Quiroz-Octaviano dead.
Initially police contacted Garcia-Loyo to come in for an interview, but he never showed up. Investigators tracked his cell phone to Fort Worth, Texas. Garcia-Loyo was discovered with a gunshot wound to his hand and in possession of a 9mm handgun. Garcia-Loyo, an Austin-area resident, was arrested at 11 p.m. on Sunday.
During police questioning Garcia-Loyo admitted to shooting Quiroz-Octaviano several times during an argument at her apartment. He said he also shot his hand during the fight.
Garcia-Loyo faces charges for first-degree murder, which is punishable by life in prison. He is currently in custody at the Brazos County Jail.
“I hope God forgives him because I cannot at this moment,” said Tomas Quiroz-Octaviano, the victim’s father.
The victim’s mother, Maria Quiroz-Octaviano, said the two were together about three years.
“From what she could see he really loved her. She doesn’t understand,” Maria said through an interpreter to KXAN reporter Erin Cargile at their home. “I thought my daughter was safe with him. I trusted him, and I thought he really cared for her.”
According to university records, Quiroz-Octaviano was a senior studying genetics. The victim’s parents who live in Austin tell KXAN she went to Eastside Memorial High School her freshman through junior year, and then transferred to Reagan High School where she graduated.
“She was a wrestler, cheerleader, volleyball player and she was really active with yearbook and the newspaper,” said Meghan Buchanan, a teacher at Eastside Memorial. “She was just very driven and when you gave her a task she completed it with passion and excellence.”
Detectives request that anyone with information call the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600.
Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help the Quiroz-Octaviano family with funeral costs.