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UPDATE: Suspect charged in Hays County homicide

(Editor’s Note: This post was edited at 1:30 p.m. on May 13 to reflect that the homicide did not occur in Buda, rather it was outside of the Buda city limits).

Staff Report

HAYS COUNTY — William Rojas, 25, was arrested and charged with murder related to the death of a 19-year-old male in Hays County.

On April 25, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a deceased person outside of the Buda city limits. Detectives were called to the scene and determined the death to be suspicious. The unidentified male at the time was taken to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, where it was determined the decedent had succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.

Rojas (photo courtesy of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office)

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office continued the investigation as a homicide and later identified the decedent as Esbin Santiago Gomez from Guatemala. Through the support of Crime Analysts and the Crime Scene Unit, Detectives were able to establish a suspect and the suspect’s vehicle.

Rojas, who is originally from El Savador, has been charged with murder (first-degree felony); two counts of tampering with evidence/human corpse (second-degree felony); and tampering with physical evidence (third-degree felony). He is currently in the Travis County Jail on unrelated charges and will be transferred to the Hays County Jail at a later time.

If you have information regarding this investigation, contact Detective Chase Fuller with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office at 512-393-7896. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 1-800-324-8466 or you can submit your information on-line to Tip Line as well as submit a tip on the Hays County Sheriff’s Office App.

About Author

Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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