SMPD: Murder was drug related

A worker enters the apartment where the murder took place to clean up the scene. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY LAURA AEBI

First homicide of the year
When I came outside some guy was yelling that someone got shot. ‘My partner got shot. Get some help. Get some help, call the cops,’ but he knew he was dead already. He was just crying, weeping.

The San Marcos Police Department is investigating its first homicide of the year after an alleged drug deal went wrong Thursday evening at The Avenue apartments. Terrance Valentine II, 21, was found with a gunshot wound to the head in the student-housing apartment complex after what city officials say started as “an argument during a drug transaction.”

According to investigators, witnesses say the argument intensified when the suspect and the victim both drew handguns and Valentine was killed. According to officials, several witnesses present saw both the suspect and another man flee the scene of the crime. Luther Yamthe, Valentine’s neighbor at The Avenue, said he heard a single gunshot at around 8:30 p.m., followed by cries from a neighbor.

“When I came outside some guy was yelling that someone got shot. ‘My partner got shot. Get some help. Get some help, call the cops,’ but he knew he was dead already. He was just crying, weeping.”

While Yamthe couldn’t confirm if Valentine lived at The Avenue, he said that he had seen the distraught man at the complex before the incident. According to Texas State officials, Valentine doesn’t attend the university. Yamthe said the complex remained “shut-down” until after 1 a.m. on Friday.

“People keep saying they saw some dude run out the house… The cops came, 30-40 cops, carrying rifles, AKs, everything,” Yamthe said. “They had the whole place covered.”

According to officials, Valentine was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Joanne Prado and an autopsy has been ordered. Investigators describe the suspect as “a black male, about six feet tall, with light skin and a fade-type haircut.” 

“It’s crazy. This isn’t a bad place, it’s not like we live in the ghetto or anything like that,” Ayo Ogungbire, a Texas State student who lives above the apartment, said. “It’s wild that things like this happen so close to home. You know bad things happen everywhere, but it’s different when it happened right beneath you. It’s surreal, someone actually died. That’s someone’s kid, that’s someone’s family.”

On Friday, a biohazard clean-up team could be seen assessing the first-floor apartment where the incident took place. The Avenue refused to comment on whether or not Valentine was a resident in the complex. City officials say they do not believe the incident constitutes a threat to the general public at this time.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-324-TIPS.

San Marcos Daily Record

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