Man, 19, admits killing woman found dead in parking lot, police say


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Cheryl Murray, 52, was found dead at a parking lot in Northeast Austin on Saturday morning, police said.

Murray was last seen getting into a vehicle driven by Edgar J. Vega Rubi, police said.

Vega Rubi, 19, admitted to the killing and was arrested Monday, police said.

Austin police say a 19-year-old man has confessed to killing a woman who was found dead in a Northeast Austin parking lot Saturday.

Edgar J. Vega Rubi was arrested Monday, police said. Charges against him are still pending, but police said he will be charged with murder.

Austin police responded Saturday morning to a call reporting a person down in the 1300 block of East 52nd Street and found Cheryl Murray, 52, lying in the parking lot, officials said. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services medics tried to resuscitate her, but she was pronounced dead at 7:44 a.m., police said.

Murray was stabbed to death, police said.

Police reviewed surveillance video taken from a nearby intersection, which they say shows Murray walking toward a vehicle with a distinctive paint pattern around 3:07 a.m. and speaking to a man inside. She then got into the vehicle, which drove east on East 52nd Street, authorities said.

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Twenty minutes after the video captures Murray getting in, the vehicle can be seen driving with its headlights off, headed west on East 52nd Street toward Cameron Road.

Austin police detectives canvassed the area on Monday and found the vehicle in the 9900 block of Quail Boulevard, police said.

The detectives conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and brought the driver, later identified by police as Vega Rubi, to the Police Department’s homicide office, where he admitted to killing Murray, authorities said.

Vega Rubi told police that he got into an argument with Murray in his car and stabbed her, police said. Then, police believe Vega Rubi either dropped Murray out of his car or she ran away, Austin police Sgt. Eric De Los Santos said Monday.

Murray’s death is the 24th homicide being investigated by police this year, officials said.

The investigation is still ongoing and Austin police are asking anyone with more information about this case to call the homicide tip line at 512-477-3588, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” plus a message to CRIMES. People can also use the Crime Stoppers or Austin PD apps, available on iPhone and Android.



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