Kilgore woman, 24, killed in Monday night attack

KPD: Male suspect life-flighted with severe injuries

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A 24-year-old Kilgore woman was killed Monday night, found by police with the apparent attacker bleeding to death at her side.

According to a witness, an argument between the man and woman escalated to him dragging her into a residence at 501 Leake Street. Dispatched to the scene at about 9 p.m., officers couldn't get anyone to the door and entered the home.

The pair was lying on the floor: Maria Carolina Alveraz was dead, a large cut-wound on her neck, alongside 27-year-old Juan C. Vazquez.

“Juan Vazquez was alive and suffering from a cut to his neck, a cut to his wrist and several stab wounds to his torso,” KPD Assistant Chief Roman Roberson reported in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

Vazquez was airlifted to Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler for emergency surgery. No further update is available on the Kilgore man's condition.

KPD is conducting a murder investigation through its Criminal Investigative Unit. With the inquiry underway, Roberson said public information is limited.

“There's no other suspects,” he confirmed. “Those are the only two people involved.

“We really can't get into any details at this point, still working on the investigation.”

Vazquez and Alveraz were married, Roberson said; they'd very recently moved into the residence.

Gregg County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Talyna Carlson pronounced Alveraz dead at 10:01 p.m. An autopsy was ongoing at the time of Tuesday's release.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact KPD Det. Stephen Goodson at 903-218-6903. Tips can also be submitted to Gregg County Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP or text anonymously via 847411 + Kilgore + the tip, referencing KPD Incident #1704-0185.

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