SAN ANTONIO, TX – In a disturbing development in a Texas double murder case that has gripped the nation, a father and son duo, Christopher Preciado, 19, and Ramón Preciado, 53, have been arrested. The victims, Savanah Soto, 18, and her boyfriend Matthew Guerra, 22, were found shot dead in their car over a week ago.
Christopher Preciado has been charged with capital murder for the deaths of the young pregnant teen and her boyfriend, while his father, Ramón Preciado, is accused of abuse of a corpse, having presumably assisted his son in dumping the victims’ vehicle.
The arrests were announced on January 3 during a late-night press conference following a police-escorted walk of the accused. Amid shouts from onlooking reporters, Detective Washington Moscoso of the San Antonio Police Department hinted at potentially more charges being brought forth. In response to a question about potential charges related to the death of Soto’s unborn child, Moscoso affirmed that detectives would seek justice for the family.
Soto was initially reported missing on December 23 in Leon Valley, Texas, after she missed an appointment to induce birth. The couple’s silver Kia Optima was located in a San Antonio apartment parking lot three days later. Both victims had suffered fatal gunshot wounds delivered execution-style, purportedly linked to a failed drug deal.
Tragically, this is the second fatal shooting to afflict the Soto family, following Ethan Soto’s death in May 2022 over an alleged money dispute.
The breakthrough in the grisly case came from surveillance footage showing the father and son handling the victims’ vehicle. After releasing the footage to the public, investigators traced them back to their residence.
Upon arrival, Ramón Preciado cooperatively answered the door and confirmed his awareness of the investigation. An interview with both father and son subsequently led to their arrest.
While Christopher Preciado has no prior criminal record, his father’s is reportedly “small.” Moscoso declared the additional suspect names circulating online to be misinformation, confirming that these were the only two individuals sought in connection to the murders.