Friends mourn death of Texas A&M Student

Beautiful. Bright. Bubbly.  

The list of adjectives for 21-year old Maricarmen Quiroz-Octaviano goes on and on for the beloved Texas A&M student. 

But now, a sense of mourning - one in stark contrast to her effervescent smile and positive attitude - after news of her shocking death spread over the weekend. 

KVUE, along with our sister station KAGS, first brought you this story  shortly after College Station Police announced the arrest of 22-year old Victor Garcia-Loyo, who police say was in a relationship with Quiroz-Octaviano.

"Upon contact they found (Garcia-Loyo) to be in possession of Maricarmen's drivers license and also a 9mm handgun that we believe was used to shoot her," explained Lt. Steve Brock with the College Station Police Department. 

Investigators tracked his cell phone to the Dallas-area, where he was arrested.  Police said he confessed to the shooting during questioning. 

For Jorge Hernandez, a classmate and wrestling teammate for Quiroz-Octaviano at Eastside Memorial, the loss was shocking. 

The two formed a bond in the classroom, on the mat, and with a shared Mexican heritage.

"She really represented the good part of us. You know, She - never meant to do any bad, and she was always a proud Hispanic - a proud Mexican," Hernandez explained. "I would say she that she represented her country with the best colors possible, you know. She was always doing good, helping people, being nice to people, and that's the type of person that you want to meet in life, you know."

Fellow wrestling teammate and high school classmate Nancy Castaneda said she always motivated her. 

"She was a great spirit.  She was the definition of what it means to be a successful Latina woman," explained Castaneda.

While at Eastside Memorial, Castaneda said she won a district championship.  She transferred from Reagan High before graduating and moving on to Texas A&M. 

Outside of class, Quiroz-Octaviano worked at Radio Alegria 1240 AM, a Hispanic radio station in Bryan. 

"Our first reaction was we just started bawling, crying you know we felt it so so hard and couldn't believe it," said Carolyn Benavides, a co-worker. 

Benavides said they've played some of her favorite songs in her honor, and are trying to start a fundraiser to help her family with funeral expenses. 

Carly Evans was a Program Director at 98.3 KORA-FM, the sister station to Radio Alegria 1240 AM. 

"She was a wonderful, bright girl with a promising future. She lit up a room and was an absolute joy to work with. She is greatly missed," explained Evans. 

Hernandez said he hopes people continue to look up to the example Quiroz-Octaviano set in a life taken far too soon.  Just days after her passing, he's still trying to cope with the circumstances. 

"I try not to feel anger at (the suspect)... even though he took someone close to me. And it's hard not to. It's really hard not to," Hernandez explained. 

The arrest in the case, providing some solace to Hernandez.

"It would have haunted me forever if nobody would have (been arrested)," Hernandez continued. 

Garcia-Loyo is currently being held at the Brazos County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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