A Texas man shoots his own uncle dead in a fight over two cops

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A Texas man was charged with murder after allegedly fatally shooting his uncle during an argument over the owner of two pet roosters, reports show.

Aaron Cervantes, 21, was held on $2 million bond Friday by Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Jerry Muñoz for allegedly killing 54-year-old Fernando Madrid during an early morning altercation in the Rio Grande Valley on Thursday, according to local outlet ValleyCentral.

Relatives at the Madrid Rural Mission on Doffing Road told officers that Cervantes allegedly came to his uncle’s home with another relative to reclaim two birds he said he owned, according to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.

Aaron Cervantes is facing the death penalty for allegedly fatally shooting his uncle Fernando Madrid in a dispute over two roosters. Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office

But when Cervantes started grabbing the birds, Madrid confronted him, leading to a fight that culminated in Cervantes grabbing a gun and shooting his relatives in his home, officials said.

When officers showed up around 4 a.m. Thursday, they found Madrid in a bathroom with a gunshot wound and paramedics confirmed he was dead.

A second man was released by authorities, who found he played no role in the shooting.

Cervantes allegedly went to Madrid’s house to take two roosters that he claimed were his, but Madrid confronted him, sparking a dispute that ended when Cervantes allegedly shot his relatives with a pistol. Hidalgo County Jail

Madrid’s stepdaughter, Lynette Garzaa, started a GoFundMe page to help pay for the costs of Madrid’s funeral, according to a post on her Facebook account.

“My stepfather Fernando Madrid was murdered in his own home,” Garzaa wrote. “We are asking for everyone’s help to help us give Fernando Madrid a proper burial, everything is greatly appreciated.”

The Madrid service is scheduled for Monday, according to the fundraising page, which had raised $295 of a $10,000 goal as of Sunday afternoon.

Madrid’s stepdaughter started a GoFundMe page to help pay for the costs of funeral arrangements. gofundme

Officials did not say whether the fight was related to cockfighting — a widespread problem in rural Texas, where people fight birds for sports and betting, according to Express News.

Prosecutors in the Lone Star State can seek the death penalty or life in prison without parole if someone is convicted of capital murder.

Cervantes was being held in the Hidalgo County Jail.

It was not immediately clear who his lawyer was.

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