AUSTIN – Just three weeks into 2014, Austin has seen three homicides.
Last year, the city didn't see its first homicide of the year until the middle of February, according to Sergeant Brian Miller with APD's Homicide Unit.
On Monday afternoon, Miller updated members of the media about the latest two homicides.
On Jan. 4, a man was shot and killed in his home on Porsche Lane in South Austin.
On Jan. 18, 34-year-old Felix Quintanilla died from wounds he received four days earlier at his home at 604 Swanson cove in southwest Austin.
Austin police have also identified the man whose body was found in the 8500 block of Old Manor Road around 6:30 a.m. Sunday as 36-year-old Robert Morales Jr.
Morales, the father of a 16-year-old girl, worked for his father's construction company, family members said.
“He was somebody who had a family that cared for him, and they left him thrown on the side of the road like garbage, like he was a dog, but he had somebody who cared for him,” said Veronica Morales, Robert's sister.
Austin Police told KVUE that detectives were questioning a few people in the Morales murder. Investigators want to hear from any witnesses who may have seen Morales anytime before Sunday morning.
Anyone with information in any of this year’s homicides are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS. You can remain anonymous, and any tip leading to an arrest or conviction could mean a reward of up to $1,000.