Investigators made a second arrest in connection to what is being considered a gang-related homicide of 16-year-old Josael Guevara, whose body was found Monday, Sept. 23 in the eastern portion of Walker County.

Jose Leonel Bonilla-Romero, 17, was arrested Thursday by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force in Houston around 6:15 a.m., in the 5800 block of Fondren.

Walker County Sheriff’s Office Operations Bureau Captain Tim Whitecotton said Friday that a warrant was served for Bonilla-Romero’s arrest and he was taken into custody without incident. Bonilla-Romero is charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Guevara, who was enrolled in Klein High School at the time of his death, was found dead Sept. 23 in the Sam Houston National Forest off FM 2929 between Southwood Drive and FM 2296. Police arrested 22-year-old Cristian Zamora in connection to the homicide later that day and charged him with first-degree murder.

Authorities were tipped off to the location of the body after a man called from a gas station pay phone without disclosing his identity or providing officers with contact information.

The portion of FM 2929 between Southwood Drive and FM 2296 where the body was found was closed for several hours while investigators examined the crime scene.

According to police, Bonilla-Romero had not been in school since 2010. Guevara attended sparingly at Klein.

“There’s some additional leads that have developed and investigators are continuing to follow those leads to see where they go, just to see if there is a possibility of different arrest or not,” Whitecotton said. “It’s all going to be gang related retaliation.”

Zamora and Bonilla-Romero were both booked into the Walker County Jail, facing a $1 millon bond for each of the three charges.


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