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Waco teen arrested in September shooting death

Waco teen arrested in September shooting death

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Israel Martinez visits the grave of his sister, Valarie Martinez, who was shot and killed in late 2017 with her infant daughter. Israel Martinez was shot and killed in September, the second child Luz Martinez has lost to gun violence.

A 19-year-old Waco man was charged with capital murder Thursday evening in the Sept. 19 death of Israel Martinez.

Justin Angel Hernandez remains under a no bond order in the McLennan County Jail, charged in the shooting death of the 22-year-old Martinez, whose body was found in the 2200 block of Gurley Avenue about 10:30 p.m.

Justin Angel Hernandez


An affidavit accompanying the arrest warrant filed by a Waco police detective was not readily available. The document would include information about the allegations, establishing probable cause for the charge. Hernandez was arrested Thursday on an unrelated charge before police obtained the warrant charging him with capital murder.

Waco attorney John Donahue and Austin attorney Jon Evans were appointed Friday to represent Hernandez. Evans declined comment on the case.

Martinez’s mother, Luz Martinez, told the Tribune-Herald in September that her son left their home near the Texas State Technical College campus at about 10 p.m. Sept. 19 and told his grandmother he would be home soon.

Martinez said she dot not think Israel, who had an 18-month-old son, had any friends in South Waco and said her family does not know anyone there. She speculated that he might have been “set up” since he left the house around 10 was was found dead less than 30 minutes later.

“I’m not sure. I just don’t know,” she said at the time.

Israel Martinez, who worked at Thermo Dynamic Insulation in Elm Mott, is the brother of 24-year-old Valarie Martinez, who was found shot to death at Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir park along with her 1-year-old daughter, Azariah, in November 2017.

Christopher Paul Weiss, 30, is charged with capital murder in their deaths and has remained in the McLennan County Jail for four years waiting for his trial.

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