Arrests for murder of teenager found dead in Liberty County

Emily Rodriguez-Avila was found dead on September 4, a day after she texted her family and said friends were picking her up after work.

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas – Three people have been arrested and charged in connection with the murder Liberty County teenager found dead roadside earlier this month.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office identified the three defendants as Kevin Rivera-Ortiz, 19, Katherine Alvarez-Flores, 20, and Joel Garcia Martinez, 20. Rivera-Ortiz is her ex-boyfriend, according to investigators

In addition to the murder charge, Alvarez-Flores also faces allegations of tampering.

Alvarez-Flores was arrested a few days ago, while Rivera-Ortiz and Garcia-Martinez were arrested Tuesday in Houston, one in southwest Houston and the other at his place of work. Gang units from the Houston Police Department and Homeland Security were involved in the arrests.

All three were taken to the Liberty County Jail.

Emily Rodriguez-Avila was found dead on September 4, a day after she texted her family and said friends were picking her up after work. Her body was found on the side of a country road east of Plum Grove in Liberty County, which is about an hour from where Niko Niko works.

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She was still wearing her work uniform.

Niko Niko held a fundraiser for Rodriguez-Avila on Wednesday to help her family with funeral expenses.

The aim was to raise enough money for the family to bury the teenager in Honduras, where she was born.

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The investigation into this murder is ongoing as investigators attempt to determine the motive.

Reporter Grace White is following this story and will provide an update on the KHOU 11 News at 10:00 p.m

Hard worker and friend

Not much has been shared about Rodriguez-Avila, but some of her friends said she is originally from Central America (Guatemala) and has been in the United States for 10 years. They said she was a hard worker and didn’t go to school.

She continued to live and work in Houston at Niko Niko’s Restaurant and a McDonald’s Gessner Road near Westview Drive.

Friends erected a memorial to her by marking a spot for a cross where her body was found.

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