Matthew found guilty of murdering Michael Echaniz

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Matthew Wiaken (above in the photo and leaving the booking center Thursday with permission from San Antonio Police) is charged with the murder of Michael Echaniz.

A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a teacher in Texas after a family member turned him down, and police believe jealousy may have fueled the crime.

Matthew Wiaken25 years old, arrested on Thursday and charged with the death of Michael Echanizbased on San Antonio Police.

According to Lt. Michelle Ramos of the San Antonio Police Department.

Now, detectives believe this is a targeted murder committed by someone who is jealous that his ex-girlfriend is dating Echaniz.

“Mr. Wiarer was involved in a relationship with a woman. That relationship, for some reason, ended a few months ago,” explained Lieutenant Ramos. “And the victim, Mr. Echaniz, currently dating that ex-girlfriend.”

According to Lieutenant Ramos, Wiaken is said to have opened fire on Echaniz outside the apartment complex where the teacher was living on the morning of March 10.

Lieutenant Ramos said the shooting happened at close range and emergency medical technicians declared Echaniz dead at the scene. Meanwhile, Wiarer fled before officers arrived to investigate reports of several loud gunshots in the area.

Because in the early morning, there were very few witnesses to the case, and the only information the police could gather was that the shooter was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

San Antonio police said they caught a major loophole in the case later that day when a member of Wiaken’s family was contacted for information.

“That family member has information that [Wiessing] Lieutenant Ramos said. “That family member also said there was a nine-millimeter handgun in the house, and we know that the gun used to kill the person was nine-millimeter.”

This report is reliable enough for the San Antonio Police to search for Wiaken. Officers quickly located his vehicle and blocked traffic, at which point Wiaken agreed to “speak to the authorities at headquarters,” according to Lieutenant Ramos.

That encounter proved fruitless for the detectives.

“During the interview, he was very evasive and didn’t answer too many questions,” said Lieutenant Ramos. “So we didn’t have a good enough reason to arrest him and at that point he was released.”

Lieutenant Ramos said detectives continued to investigate and began the process of looking at tapes recorded in the area.

“During that investigation, they were able to identify evidence, specifically surveillance video evidence, that Mr. Wiarding arrived at the crime scene as it happened and then fled the scene. the case immediately after the shooting,” said Lieutenant Ramos. .

That, combined with additional evidence not specified by Lieutenant Ramos and information provided to police by a member of the Wifting family, gave detectives a likely cause.

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Wiarding posted $250,000 on bail and was released just three hours after being taken to jail (inmate’s profile above)

Lieutenant Ramos said Wiaken was taken into custody without incident on Thursday.

The suspect is Reserved entered the Bexar County Jail at 7:41 p.m., where he spent three hours behind bars before posting his $250,000 and walking free at 10:47 p.m.

Echaniz only recently moved to Texas after growing up in Front Royal, Virginia and graduating from college in 2020. Teachers attended Chelsea Academy and later Christendom College, both located in the same town where he grew up.

The members of his graduating high school class are now established “Michael Echaniz Teacher of the Year Award” in his honor. This annual stipend will be given to teachers at his alma mater, who have “promoted academic excellence in their classrooms and devoted themselves to the arts, facilitating athletic achievement.” and compete, while fostering a school spirit.”

His classmates noted that these are the things that Echaniz values ​​most.

“Michael Echaniz was a staunch Catholic, a dedicated teacher and a great friend to many,” old classmate. “For those close to him during his Chelsea Academy days, he was always a truly selfless friend and brought a spark of humor to many of his classmates.”

Christendom College mourning the death of Echanizand note that his parents are also alumni of the school.

“As a student, he was known for his sweet nature and deep devotion as a friend,” read a post mourning Echaniz’s death. “He acted in plays and musicals in college, including musicals Anything goesin university swing and waltz competitions, and also in the college debate. “

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James Brien

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