According to a report, police in Texas have alleged that a teenage TikTok star was transporting undocumented migrants when he was involved in a horrific car accident that killed him and three passengers.
Officials said the deadly wreckage that killed 19-year-old Gabriel Salazar is being investigated as a possible case of smuggling.
Mr Salazar, who had nearly two million followers on his Gabenotebaby TikTok account, died last month after a high-speed police chase.
Luis Jiménez Mora, 41, Jose Molina-Lara, 23, and Sergio Espinoza-Flores, 36, were also killed, according to officials. The three men were originally from Zacatecas, northwest of Mexico City, the Mexican consul in Texas reported. univision41.
The accident happened after a Crystal City police officer tried to stop Salazar’s white 2014 Camaro. One report said that when the driver failed to stop, the officer chased before the vehicle hit trees, rolled over several times and was “completely engulfed in flames”.
“On September 26, the Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Eagle Pass, Texas assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in Zavala County in a vehicle accident that occurred near LaPure, Texas, resulting in the death of four persons. Gone,” said in a statement to HSI Houston Chronicle Without naming the victims.
“The incident is suspected to be a possible human trafficking incident. No additional details are being released at this time; Since the criminal investigation is on.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety is leading the investigation, but did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Granthshala.
The Crystal City Police Department and the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office are also involved in the investigation.
Officials said investigations are on and it is not known what caused the traffic stop. The sheriff’s office was criticized on social media after a photo of the wreckage was posted.
Mr. Salazar, who was born in Brownsville but relocated to San Antonio with his family, had recently graduated from Wagner High School.
They told San Antonio Magazine He started posting on TikTok last year when he moved home and was looking to make friends.
His account quickly gained popularity; Within two years of his first post, he has amassed 2 million TikTok followers and over 700,000 on Instagram. Their accounts included lip sync videos, skits, clothing, jewelry, trips and, often, fast cars.
“I never thought I’d be where I am, but I’m so grateful for all my followers,” the teenager told San Antonio Magazine. “Everyone wants publicity. TikTok definitely has the power to get you that.”
Tributes poured in on social media for the rising star, whose funeral was held in San Antonio on Wednesday.
A GoFundMe page has raised over $38,000 and describes how the teen “loved his family and was always hanging out with them. [his] Sister and younger brother”.
“Words cannot express the heartbreak of our entire community feeling at the loss of our Gabriel. Your family and friends miss you,” wrote a friend.
Mr Salazar’s older sister, Danna, wrote on Instagram in Spanish: “I love you so much Gabriel. you were so perfect I will never forget you, take care of us from heaven my beautiful boy. always in my heart.”
Granthshala has contacted TikTok and made repeated attempts to reach Mr. Salazar’s family for comment.
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