Richard Longoria was officially charged with the shooting death of Alex Longoria, 21, at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, according to Detective Lt. Eddie Garcia.
Police said the two men were not related. They were not saying what caused the incident, other than they think the two had argued over personal problems.
Word spread quickly through the community that Alex was dead.
At the westside park where he was shot, two poster boards hang on the baseball backstop in tribute to him.
One person writes, “You ain’t gone. You just live in the sky. You had one life to live and you sure did give everyone all smiles and best memories.”
Another writes, “You probably got your wings and halo but you have always been an angel in disguise.”
Angelica Soto remembers Alex as the type of person always willing to bend an ear.
“He was one of those guys that was easy to talk to,” she said.
Angelica said that when the two worked at H-E-B Food Store together, she would give him a lift to work.
“He was a great guy all around,” she said.
Garcia said the shooting occurred at about 3 p.m. on the north side of Kohler Park (also called Nopal Park) near the volleyball court.
Officers responded to a call from someone saying that a man was down at the park and that he possibly had been stabbed.
Lt. Kenneth Jefferson was the first Beeville Police Department officer on the scene. He reported that the victim was rushed to Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville, but he died shortly after arriving.
He had been shot once in the stomach area with a .22-caliber rifle, Garcia said. Witnesses said the shooter stepped out of a vehicle and fired the fatal shot before getting back in the car.
Witnesses said the suspect escaped in what was described as a late 1990s model Chevrolet Camaro.
The vehicle was silver with two black racing stripes, and it has Z28 stickers on the doors.
Witnesses said the car had black wheel rims and dual exhausts with chrome tips on the tailpipes.
Garcia requested anyone who can identify the driver to contact the detective at the BPD, phone (361) 358-8100.
Detective Sgt. Art Gamez took charge of the investigation, and the suspect was located about four hours after the shooting in the 1700 block of Emily Drive.
He was taken into custody without incident.
Richard Longoria was taken before Justice of the Peace Abel Suniga of Precinct 3, where he was formally charged.
Suniga set the suspect’s bond at $1.5 million on the murder charge and set a $500,000 bond for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
If convicted of the murder charge, the suspect could face 99 years or life in prison.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.