Nicolas Monarrez, the Cartel Op Accused of Murdering a Pregnant Teen and Her Boyfriend, Arrested Five Years Later

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Nicolas Monarrez
On January 6, 2007, Linoshka Torres, 18, and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Luis Campos, parked his dad's car in the driveway of an Oak Cliff mechanic's house and vanished, keys still in the ignition of the red Ford Explorer, cell phones on the seat. It was supposed to have been a quick trip. Campos had to pick up his own car, which was having transmission problems, before returning home to celebrate Three Kings Day.

Three weeks later, they still hadn't returned. Family and friends were at a loss, as were police. Torres, who was six months pregnant, was an honor roll student at her high school; Campos worked as a warehouse stocker and was a talented soccer player. Both volunteered at the Salvation Army, and neither had criminal records nor any apparent reason to disappear, particularly so suddenly. The only clue came from the mechanic's son, who thought he had seen a Chevy Lumina pull behind the Explorer as the couple got out.

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Lanoshka Torres and Luis Campos
Things became clearer in the coming days. Police discovered their bodies underneath a bridge off Dowdy Ferry Road, their clothes stripped from their bodies and evidence of blunt force trauma and other injuries. For a time, there was speculation that their murder was part of an occult ritual, after officials found a voodoo shrine some 200 yards away. But it seems instead that Campos and Torres had been set up as scapegoats for the theft of $40,000 in drugs and cash from the home of Nicolas Monarrez, who was believed to have ties to the Gulf Cartel.

Shortly after the bodies were found, police arrested two men, Frank Estrella and Jorge Banda, who assisted in the kidnapping. Both have since been convicted of murder. But Monarrez, who police believe was the one who committed the murders, was thought to have fled to Mexico.

He remained on the lam until late last week, when customs officers arrested Monarrez as he attempted to cross the border. He is being held at the El Paso County Jail awaiting transfer to Dallas County, where he faces a capital murder charge. In the meantime, if you're in the mood for a good cry, take a look at the MySpace page set up in tribute back in 2007.

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13 comments
Bmarvel
Bmarvel

You disremember. Individuals who were brought here as children and who commit crimes are deportabe under the order. Period.  

Tita
Tita

This girl was my neighbor. She was a beautiful and wonderful girl. Everytime I see her mother, I see the heart in her eyes. Thank God this monster was captured. I hope your family can have some peace of mind.

pencil
pencil

You are correct, Bill. It's still illegal.

pencil
pencil

Disregarding the Clinton is is BS, being in this country illegally is a federal crime.

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Pencil, No. It's a violation of civil law. No penalty is attached, no jail time of fine, just deportation. Better sharpen that point.

pencil
pencil

Is being in this country illegally a crime?

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

No he didn't. Commit a crime and you're out of here.

Paul
Paul

 Well, given that he is being held in the El Paso County jail, it is probably a safe bet that he was trying to enter the US. Last time I was at the border nobody was concerned about people exiting, only entering.

Daniel
Daniel

The deportation of illegal immigrants has increased dramatically under Obama.  Thanks for the news that Monarrez is a libtard, though. You're always a font of solid information.

Daniel
Daniel

The post doesn't specify which direction he was crossing. Either way, he's as dumb as he is evil and ugly.

Paul
Paul

 A horrible story ... What I find especially disturbing is that Monarrez tried to enter the country at a regular border crossing.  Is the opinion by Mexican nationals of our border security so low that they believe that they can lay low for a while and then just walk across the border at a regular crossing with out being detected? I wonder if this it the first time that Monarrez tried to cross the border since the murders?

Michael in LH
Michael in LH

Two more casualties brought on by the government's war on drugs. Thanks government! I guess this means we are winning.

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