A 50-year-old illegal immigrant was arrested and charged after allegedly fatally shooting two sisters in the head in their Dallas-area home last week and also shooting his daughter in the arm.
Police booked Jose Santiago Chairez at the Dallas County Jail on charges of capital murder of multiple persons and aggravated assault. Sisters Catalina Andrade Valdez, 47, and Merced Andrade Bailon, 43, were found dead in their home in Farmers Branch, Texas, last Friday after police responded to a call around 4:20 a.m., according to the Dallas Morning News.
The suspect’s daughter was also in the home when the fatal shooting occurred and survived after being shot in the arm. She told police that she and the sisters were shot by her father. Chairez is being held without bond because he is believed to be in the U.S. illegally, according to jail records, Fox 4 reported.
Valdez and Bailon “were two sisters who were best friends & were beautiful individuals who loved their family & were so devoted to them,” according to Bailon’s daughter Jasmin, who set up a GoFundMe to help pay for memorial service costs.
It remains unclear how Chairez knew the sisters as police continue their investigation into the alleged double homicide.
As illegal border crossings continue to rise at record levels under the Biden administration, communities across the nation have dealt with the consequences of dangerous criminals making their way into the U.S.
Last month, a Honduran man who had been deported twice was charged with murder in Tennessee after the body of a man was found in a burnt-out vehicle in Nashville. The illegal immigrant suspect was a gang member with Sur 13, a transnational criminal organization, according to the New Orleans office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.