May 23, 2023

Congressman Castro Calls for Hate Crimes Charges in the Murder of Aaron Martinez

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement calling for hate crimes charges against Trevor McEuen in the murder of Aaron Martinez. Prior to the murder, McEuen repeatedly harassed the Martinez family and told them Hispanics were not welcome in Kaufman County, a growing community outside of Dallas.

“Three weeks ago, Aaron Martinez was murdered in cold blood by a man who wanted to drive Hispanics out of Kaufman County. Last fall, two brothers in West Texas gunned down a group of migrants and were never indicted. Texas is becoming a dangerous place for Hispanics because state and local authorities refuse to take our safety seriously,” said Congressman Castro. “If Kaufman County authorities continue to drag their feet on filing hate crimes charges against Trevor McEuen, federal prosecutors need to step in to ensure that justice is served.”