BORDERLAND BEAT — I wasn’t surprised or shocked when Adriana Coronado, the 14 year old girl, who captured headlines for a few days, after her disappearance, which occurred after her father was found shot multiple times, and set on fire, was found dead. I was struck with a gnawing sense of certainty, as I read she had been tossed in a field, casually, still wearing her pajamas and slippers. A familiar feeling of hopelessness and nausea as I read, and see, the carnage all around us, on both sides of the border.
In the past, I have written about killings on the US side of the border, that drew similarities or relation to killings in Mexico, the most recent ones I can recall, did not have any direct connections to cartels, or cells, or clicks in Tijuana, or elsewhere. The parallels and common themes were enough for me to feel that I needed to share what I had read, or what I felt. Here, is no different. But, we have these facts, and we can mourn Adriana, and her father, and take an educated guess at what happened.
Adriana Coronado was last seen alive at around 1:00 AM early Sunday, 13th of March. She was said to be with her father, Caesar Vladimir Coronado, in her neighborhood of Katy, Texas, outside of Houston. Caesar Coronado was found in Walker County, 60 miles away, smoldering, and shot multiple times. His truck, an F150 crew cab was found about 45 miles south, of where he was killed. Investigators believe Adriana witnessed her fathers killing. The vehicle was set on fire, and abandoned, about 10:20 on the 13th.
The video shows the truck bursting into flames, and the man running down an alley. Investigators believe he was picked up by another man in a dark colored SUV. The fact that he burned the vehicle he arrived in, suggests an accomplice, or conspiracy. Adriana was found the following Friday, in West Houston, Harris County, her body abandoned in a field. She was killed by multiple gunshots.