Police were continuing to search for suspects Tuesday in the death of Devon Herrero, the sister of District 34 State Representative Abel Herrero.
Lt. Isaac Valencia, with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Corpus Christi Police Department, said Monday the department received a 9-1-1 call from a resident at 3:42 a.m. Sunday in reference to a body lying in the street. Officers responded to the address, which was in the 3400 block of Bluebonnet Street, and found the partially disrobed body of a woman in the roadway.
The woman, who was later identified as Devon Herrero, 29, of Corpus Christi, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators noted trauma to Herrero's head, but Valencia said the cause of death had not been determined, pending autopsy results.
Sunday's incident was the second time in just two years that a family member of Representative Herrero was killed in a violent incident.
Herrero's father, Ivan Alfonso Herrero, was killed in October 2007 during an altercation at a Corpus Christi restaurant. In that incident, Manuel Chapa Garcia, 57, allegedly struck Herrero after the two became involved in an argument. Herrero fell to the floor and struck his head, which resulted in his death.
In May 2008, Garcia was convicted of manslaughter in connection with that incident and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Valencia said Monday investigators do not have any evidence to suggest the death of Devon Herrero was in any way related to Ivan Herrero's death.
Valencia also said the fact that Herrero is the sister of a state representative is also not believed to have been a factor in the crime.
Officials with Representative Herrero's office said Tuesday the family would not be issuing any statement on the crime at this time.
Valencia asked anyone with information related to Herrero's death to contact detectives R.L. Garcia or Guadalupe Rodriguez at 361-886-2850.
"We're just asking for any assistance from the public. There are things people see and think about after the fact, and any of that may help us connect the dots."