Tue. May 28th, 2024

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office officially identified Savanah Soto and Matthew Guerra as the bodies found inside a vehicle at a Northwest Side apartment complex on Tuesday, according to reports.

Guerra’s cause of death is listed as “contact gunshot wound to the head,” indicating that the muzzle of the firearm used to kill him was held directly against his head, while Soto’s cause of death is listed simply as a gunshot wound to the head.

Soto and Guerra were last seen around 2 p.m. Friday at a Leon Valley apartment complex where they lived.

Gloria Cordova, Soto’s mother, said Soto was found in the front seat with a car seat on top of her, and Guerra was laid out in the backseat.

Police Chief William McManus released a video showing two persons of interest getting out of a dark-colored Chevy pickup truck and meeting Soto and Guerra before they were found dead.

The video showed one person getting out of the driver’s seat of the pickup truck with a bed cover and approaching the driver of Guerra’s Kia Optima.

Moments later, a second person is seen getting out of the driver’s seat of Guerra’s sedan, who McManus said was not the 22-year-old.

The police chief said he would not speak on whether Soto and Guerra were already dead when the video was taken.

McManus announced the killings are now being investigated as a capital murder case.

“I hope they pay for whatever they did to my daughter,” she said, adding that she believes Guerra was involved with criminal activity.

Guerra’s father, Gabriel Guerra, said his son “didn’t hang out with the best crowd,” but he and Soto were excited to have their baby.

Family members grew concerned after Soto did not show up for her appointment Saturday at Stone Oak Methodist Hospital, where she was scheduled to be induced.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued a Coordinated Law Enforcement Adult Rescue (CLEAR) alert for Soto on Monday.

Tuesday afternoon, the bodies of a man and woman were found in Guerra’s car, a gray 2013 Kia Optima, outside an apartment complex in the 5900 block of Danny Kaye Drive on San Antonio’s Northwest Side, about three miles from where the couple were last seen.

San Antonio police said they both had a gunshot wound.

Police Chief William McManus described the case as “perplexing.” He said the bodies may have been in the car for three or four days.

Police are treating the case as a capital murder.

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By Buffy Gunner

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