Boyfriend Arrested in Shooting Death of Amarillo Mother


AMARILLO, TX — The Amarillo community is shaken by a heartbreaking incident that unfolded on Saturday, resulting in the tragic death of 27-year-old Cecilia Rodriguez. A mother to a 3-year-old son and a newborn girl, Cecilia was discovered lifeless at her residence in the 4000 block of S. Ong, succumbing to an apparent gunshot wound.

In 2022, the Texas Council on Domestic Violence reviewed over 300 homicide cases and found 216 Texans killed in an intimate partner or stalking homicide. This represents an increase of eight percent compared to 2021.

Juan Antonio Salinas III, 26, who alerted authorities by dialing 911 after the shooting, now faces charges of murdering Cecilia. Cecilia's brothers disclosed on a GoFundMe page their belief that Salinas was Cecilia's boyfriend.

In a statement, Cecilia's brothers expressed their sorrow and highlighted the urgent need to address the issue of domestic abuse. "This tragedy is, to say the least, another example of domestic abuse in our world that has to stop," they lamented.

Juan Antonio Salinas III Charged with Murder

Juan Antonio Salinas III Charged with Murder

(Credit: Amarilio PD)

The House Where the Murder Took Place

The House Where the Murder Took Place

(Credit: Amarillo PD)

To support the family, a GoFundMe campaign was set up by Cecilia's brothers. The funds raised will contribute to funeral expenses and aid in caring for Cecilia's young children left behind.

The untimely death of Cecilia Rodriguez serves as a reminder of the impact of domestic violence on individuals and families. There is a community effort to collectively address the broader societal issue and work towards ending domestic abuse.

How to Contribute: For those wishing to extend support to the Rodriguez family during this difficult time, the GoFundMe page remains active, providing a platform to contribute to funeral expenses and the welfare of Cecilia's children.


Community Response: Amarillo residents unite in grief, offering condolences and standing in solidarity with the Rodriguez family. The tragedy prompts reflection on the need for awareness and action to combat domestic violence within the community.

As the investigation unfolds, Amarillo residents are urged to remain vigilant, fostering a community that prioritizes the safety and well-being of its members while actively working towards eradicating domestic violence.

Cecilia Rodriguez

Cecilia Rodriguez

(Credit: Cecilia Rodriguez, Rodriguez family)

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