Feud over same-sex relationship leads to deadly shootings

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by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News

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Posted on April 19, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 20 at 9:50 AM

A father has been charged with murdering his daughter's girlfriend and her mother.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force captured Jose Alfonso Aviles in the San Antonio area early Tuesday  morning.
A plywood barricade replaced the front door of a house in the 7100 block of Dixie Drive. It is where 24-year-old Norma Hurtado and her mother, 57-year-old Maria Hurtado, were gunned down.
Investigators say at about 6:45 Monday evening, 45-year-old Jose Alfonso Aviles and another man knocked at the front door. When the women opened it, police say one or both men opened fire. The mother and daughter died at the scene. 
“I was just playing with the baby, and I heard eight gunshots go off. I looked out the window and saw a car speed off,” neighbor Samuel Coleman said.
“We were told about a vehicle, a green SUV, that left the area quickly with two Hispanic males that ran from the residence," said Lt. Gena Curtis of the Austin Police Department. 
Curtis says Aviles' daughter, who was dating Norma Hurtado, was in the back of the home when the shootings happened. She heard the shots, found the bodies, and called 911.
Norma Hurtado and Aviles' daughter had been dating for several months. Investigators say the young woman's father and the rest of her family were very upset about the same-sex relationship. 
Police say it was a family feud that turned tragic.
“We do know that the father had threatened harm toward Norma previously,” said Lt. Curtis. “This has been a dispute between these two individuals, and subsequently we have suffered a horrific act of violence in our community.”
Aviles is charged with capital murder. Police are still trying to locate and identify the second man involved in the killings.  
Aviles is being transferred from Bexar County Jail back to Travis County.
So far, the Austin Police Department is not classifying this as a hate crime. It says that is something the district attorney’s office has to decide.

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