A funeral has been held for murdered 18-year-old Savana Soto and her unborn baby, after she was found shot to death alongside her boyfriend in a car in San Antonio.
A funeral Mass was held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Monday followed by a burial at Wild Flower Cemetery in San Antonio.
Soto’s heartbroken mother Gloria Cordova carried her daughter’s pink coffin from the church alongside her son Josh Delgado.
Soto’s other siblings Nathanial Soto and Jordan Corona were seen weeping over her casket, decorated with her favorite things including cartoons.
Soto and her boyfriend Matthew Guerra, 22, were reported missing just a day before she was supposed to be induced into labor.
Soto’s heartbroken mother Gloria Cordova carried her daughter’s pink coffin from the church alongside her son Josh Delgado
The 18-year-old’s family comforted each other at the funeral on Moday
A CLEAR Alert was issued in lieu of Soto’s disappearance. These alerts are reserved for cases where a missing adult is believed to be in ‘imminent danger’
They were found dead in a car outside a San Antonio apartment building the day after Christmas.
Police have now arrested 19-year-old Christopher Ray Preciado and his 53-year-old father Ramon Preciado.
Christopher faces charges of abuse of a corpse and altering or destroying a human corpse in addition to capital murder.
His father was charged with altering or destroying a human corpse after initially facing an abuse of a corpse charge for allegedly helping his son move the bodies.
Soto and Guerra may have been killed in retaliation for a drug deal gone awry, according to Guerra’s family.
Soto’s family reported her missing on December 22 after calling her cellphone proved futile, according to a police report.
They searched local hospitals, knowing Soto was due to give birth, but were unable to find her. A CLEAR Alert, reserved for missing adults believed to be in immediate danger, was issued on Christmas Day.
The alert gave a description of Guerra’s 2013 gray Kia Optima, identified by a resident of a Northwest Side apartment complex who spotted it in the parking lot.
A funeral Mass was held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Monday followed by a burial at Wild Flower Cemetery in San Antonio
The bodies of Soto and Guerra were found in Guerra’s 2013 Kia Optima, both with fatal gunshot wounds to the head
The two were arrested in connection to the shooting deaths of 18-year-old Savanah Soto and 22-year-old Matthew Guerra. Soto vanished days before she was supposed to be induced into labor
Christopher Ray Preciado, 19, now faces charges of abuse of a corpse and altering or destroying a human corpse in addition to capital murder
A Texas father and son were dealt additional charges in connection to the deaths of a pregnant teenager and her boyfriend. Ramon Preciado, 53, faces a charge of altering or destroying a human corpse in addition to an abuse of a corpse charge
Police responded and found Soto was dead in the front seat and Guerra dead in the backseat. Investigators believe he was dragged into the car, according to the report.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner confirmed that both Soto and Guerra died from a gunshot to the head.
Guerra’s family members confessed to investigators that their son sold drugs through social media.
‘It was also advised that the boyfriend would post money and narcotics on Instagram,’ the police report read.
‘It was stated that people wanted to rob (Matthew) and it was stated that (he) had been shot at before.’
On December 21, surveillance video captured a Chevy Silverado pulling up alongside Guerra’s Kia in the parking lot of the complex.
A heavy-set man climbed out of the Silverado and appeared to speak to the driver of the Kia before retrieving a towel and wiping down the driver’s side door. A few minutes later, the Silverado drive off.
When detectives arrived at Ramon Preciado’s home, he told them they needed to speak with his son, according to the police report. Both men were taken to the police station for questioning.
Mariana Delgado, who claims to be the deceased teenager’s sister-in-law, posted on Facebook that Soto’s body had been found early this evening and that she was in a ‘bad bad condition’
Soto’s family raised alarm as the pregnant teen vanished days before she was supposed to be induced into labor and their attempts to reach her over the phone proved futile
Guerra’s family told detectives that he sold and advertised drugs on social media. He was charged with domestic violence after beating Soto on Christmas Day 2022 and subsequently violated parole (pictured: Guerra’s jail booking photo from 2022)
Soto’s younger brother, 15-year-old Ethan, was also killed over the past year in revenge for a drug robbery, according to police
Christopher Preciado said Guerra pointed a gun at him, resulting in a struggle that led to Soto being shot. In a separate struggle, the teen alleged, Guerra was also shot in the head.
But detectives determined that Christopher’s retelling of events was ‘inconsistent with the evidence collected from the scene and from the victim’s vehicle.’
As he was placed in a patrol car Wednesday night, Ramon was asked by reporters whether he had remorse.
‘You don’t even know what’s going on. You just make stuff up like always,’ the 54-year-old responded.
Both men are being held at the Bexar County Jail. Christopher’s bail was set at $2 million, while Ramon is being held on a $600,000 bond.
Court documents show that, in 2022, Soto had been beaten by Guerra on Christmas Day and filed charges against him.
This resulted in a protective order prohibiting Guerra from ‘intentionally, knowingly or recklessly communicating’ with the teen, including ‘in person in a harmful or injurious manner.’
Guerra violated parole for the domestic violence charge and was back in court months later, charged with three new felonies: evading arrest, unlawfully having a firearm and reckless driving.
Soto’s death is the latest tragedy to strike her family, as they also lost her brother, 15-year-old Ethan, over the past year.
The teen was shot on May 16 in an act of revenge for a drug robbery, according to San Antonio Police.
Victor Rivas, 18, is accused of killing Soto after the younger boy stole THC-related drugs. Rivas allegedly used an underage girl to lure the boy outside his home before opening fire.
Emotions spilled over at a subsequent hearing, where four members of the Soto family leapt over a partition as Rivas took the stand.
They were arrested and charged with assault and disruption of court proceedings.