FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – A 20-year-old man was charged with murder for shooting and killing a young mother of two during a case of road rage early Thursday, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
Veronica Soto and her husband went out to get food from a Jack-in-the Box when they got into a traffic altercation with two other vehicles, investigators said. The drivers were all heading to the same neighborhood and Soto's vehicle was "boxed in" by the others.
Investigators said Mark Trevino came to a stop, ran into his home on Addicks-Clodine, grabbed a rifle and started shooting. Soto was shot in the head.
Her husband also pulled out his gun.
“They started shooting back and forth and the bullet went through the windshield, hit her and went out the back windshield,” said Matthew Soto, the victim’s brother-in-law.
Soto’s distraught husband drove to his sister-in-law’s house on Las Brisas near Plaza Libre for help, but it was too late. The mother collapsed and died at the scene.
Soto is being remembered as a great mom. She had two daughters, ages 7 and 14, and just celebrated her 30th birthday.
The Soto family was getting ready for a huge Christmas celebration. Now, they will be forced to endure the holidays without their beloved family member.
Vanessa Trevino, the suspect’s mother, said the bullet holes in her garage door and a stop sign tell a different side of the story.
Trevino said her son got into an altercation with the Sotos at this convenience store, and that Soto’s husband pulled out a gun. When her son went home, she says Soto followed and opened fire on Mark and his brother.
“This was self defense,” said Trevino. “My son did not go and shoot the lady down at her house. He’s not a cold murderer. He was defending himself, his brother and his house here. From his own property.”
Investigators bagged Soto’s hands at the scene, but he has not been charged.