On the first anniversary of their death the families of Macelino Guerra and Robert Mata gathered to celebrate and remember the two men.
Guerra and Mata were found dead Oct. 20, 2015, on County Road 464 near Ben Bolt.
Guerra was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who loved to spend most of his time with his grandchildren. He was a devoted Alice Coyotes and Dallas Cowboys fan, but a bigger fan of his grandchildren’s sports.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and a loyal friend to many people. Mata worked in the oilfield in his younger years, worked for T.B. Moran for over 20 years as an industrial painter, and sandblaster.
A balloon release was held in Guerra and Mata's honor.
Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department began the investigating into the double homicide and learned that one of the victim's vehicle was stolen. Law enforcement were notified that the missing vehicle was torched on County Road 148 near San Diego.
The family remembered the men at Lake Findley because the two men had a deep fond of fishing and would take their families to the lake regularly.
Friends and family also held a memorial service were the two men were found.
Investigators later arrested Michael Castro, Andres Garza and Richard Perez on capital murder charges in connection with the homicides.
Castro and Garza remain in the Jim Wells County jail. Perez was released on bond.
Garza's trial was recently set for January 9, 2017.