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Reward offered in fatal shooting of journalist in Garland

A reward of up to $5,000 has been offered for information in the slaying of journalist Jay Torres.
A reward of up to $5,000 has been offered for information in the slaying of journalist Jay Torres. Courtesy

A reward of up to $5,000 was offered Monday for information leading to the arrest or grand jury indictment of those involved in the slaying of La Estrella freelance journalist and real estate businessman Jacinto “Jay” Hernandez Torres.

The reward is offered by Garland Crime Stoppers.

Police also asked for help Monday collecting information on the shooting death of Torres, who was found June 13 in the back yard of a home he was trying to sell for a business associate.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Garland police. Tips can also be submitted to Garland Crime Stoppers at 972-272-8477 and garlandcrimestoppers.org.

Torres, 57, was a journalist and operated a real estate business that involved renovating homes. He was a longtime reporter and photographer for the Star-Telegram’s bilingual weekly, La Estrella.

Agents with the FBI, the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the U.S. Secret Service along with officials from local and state agencies have assisted in the investigation.

Police have said that they have not determined whether Torres’ journalism or his real estate business contributed to his death.

Detectives seized reporter’s notebooks that were in Torres’ car and relatives have given police the names of more than 30 tenants who lived on property owned by Torres’ company, The Establishment Inc. in Dallas.

Police don’t believe Torres was robbed, because he wasn’t missing any items.

On June 10, Torres met with a foundation repair contractor at a house that was for sale in the 4200 block of Mayflower Drive, his son Gibran Torres has told the Star-Telegram.

His daughter, Aline Torres, texted her father at 6 p.m. on June 10, but he didn’t respond. She tried again on June 11, and he didn’t answer.

Torres’ business partner found his body on the evening of June 13.

This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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