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Suspects In Teen's Death Sought; Family Wants Them Locked Up For "Long Time"
The search is on for two men wanted in connection with the death of a 13-year old girl. Today, Austin Police officially named Jose Ricardo Garcia-Zavala and his roommate as suspects in the teen's death.
The victim's aunt speaking exclusively with KEYE TV about Friday's late-breaking developments.
Sophia Martinez died on New Year's Day after -- police say -- she drank several alcoholic beverages. Those drinks were allegedly given to her by at least one of the suspects. Martinez's aunt says the family wants both men locked up -- for a long time.
"We just appreciate that everyone has been there to help support the family," said Gloria Certa.
Love and support is what's getting Certa through the untimely death of her 13-year old niece.
"We're relieved, now we can lay Sophia to rest," said Certa.
Martinez died on New Year's Day. Austin police believe two men played a part in it.
"At this time we have filed endangering child charges on Angeles-Hernandez. It's a felony charge with bond set at $100,000," said Sgt. Brian Miller.
Police are also looking for Angeles-Hernandez's roommate -- who they say -- picked up Sophia and her friend at a nearby home.
"Neither are in custody but we do intend to file additional charges as the investigation progresses further," said Miller.
Certa believes her niece would still be alive if it wasn't for the duo who allegedly provided the underage girls with alcohol.
“They preyed on two young girls that are naive, who don't know the intentions that may have been there," said Certa.
Sophia mother spent the day planning her daughter's funeral. Austin's victim's compensation program is helping cover the costs. But Certa says you can't put a price on a life lost too soon.
"We want them to pay for that, because of what happened, Sophia is no longer with us," said Certa.
The Austin Police Department has enlisted the help of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force to help locate the two men.