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Murder charge filed against relative in death of East Texas girl

Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, 24.
Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, 24. Courtesy of Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

A capital murder charge was filed Monday against the relative of an East Texas girl who was found dead in a water well over the weekend, according to KLTV and multiple other reports.

Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, 24, remains in custody in the death of Kayla Gomez-Orozco, 10.

Gomez-Orozco’s body was discovered Saturday night in a well outside of Zavala-Garcia’s home, authorities said.

The girl went missing last Tuesday during a prayer service at the Bullard First Assembly Church in Bullard, a town of about 2,700 people south of Tyler. An Amber Alert was issued for the girl the next day.

Zavala-Garcia was arrested on Sunday on a federal immigration hold, though authorities anticipated more charges would be added. He has been the lone suspect in Gomez-Orozco’s disappearance.

The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported that Zavala-Garcia is married to a cousin of Gomez-Orozco.

The newspaper reported that Zavala-Garcia’s bail amount was set at $10 million.

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