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Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, 24, held in connection with death of his 10-year-old niece

Texas fourth grader Kayla Gomez-Orozco who disappeared from church a week ago was found in well at an East Texas home

Kayla Gomez-Orozco went missing Tuesday from Bullard First Assembly Church

A relative of a Texas girl whose body was found Sunday following a massive search was jailed as authorities continue to investigate the girl’s disappearance and death.
A body believed to be Kayla Gomez-Orozco’s was found in a well near a property in Tyler where the man lives, authorities said at a Sunday press conference. The 10-year-old  Gomez went missing Tuesday from Bullard First Assembly Church, after being reported taken from the lobby.


A body believed to be Kayla Gomez-Orozco was found in a well on this property in East Texas, early Sunday

Sources say investigators received a tip leading them to the home on Old Jacksonville Highway, where they found the body in a well, according to a law enforcement.
Detectives said they suspected a family member, possibly Kayla’s uncle or cousin, was responsible. On Sunday her uncle, Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, 24, was booked in Smith County Jail on an immigration hold without the possibility of bond, in connection with the case.

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Human remain believed to be Kayla Gomez-Orozco, 10, was found in a well near a property in Tyler where her 24-year-old uncle lives, early Sunday morning
gustavo-zavala-garcia1The missing girl’s uncle, Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, 24, was booked Sunday in connection with her abduction and death

Authorities declined to identify the relative by name, but said he was born in 1992.The relative volunteered to be interviewed, and remains jailed as authorities build their case. Justice for Kayla’s family will be “swift and thorough,” Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said.

Kayla’s parents Balvina and Efrain Gomez at a candle light vigil held for Kayla at Jack Elementary School in Tyler, Texas, Sunday.

“There will be no stone unturned as we enter the next phase of the investigation,” Smith said during a Sunday press conference.
Search crews spent days searching for the girl.
Investigators checked the property following an investigative lead, Smith said.
Investigators are still working on unraveling the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, as well as, any possible motives.
Declared missing four days ago, Kayla was found deceased early Sunday after going missing for four days.  On Sunday evening the Jack Elementary School hosted a prayer vigil  for the fourth grader, where hundreds gathered to say an emotional farewell to their friend and classmate.

Tears from members of the family of Kayla Gomez-Orozco.  Kayla’s mother, Balvina (c.) contemplates a photo of her daughter as dad Efrain wipes a tear during the vigil for Kayla at Jack Elementary School, Sunday.
Kayla was reportedly taken from the lobby of the  Bullard First Assembly Church, Tuesday 

Families arrived wearing Kayla’s favorite color, pink, brought flowers, balloons and other tokens they laid in an impromptu memorial at the front of the school.
An emotional father, Efrain Gomez, thanked the community for their love and support shown his family in their time of grief , he recalled that it had been 10 years since his his family were blessed with Kayla’s arrival.
“Every day was a precious day with her,” he said.

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Mourners at the vigil Sunday for Kayla at Jack Elementary School. Students and faculty at the elementary school wore pink,her favorite color.
Mourners at two area schools held vigils Sunday for Kayla, a fourth grader at Jack Elementary School. Students and faculty at the elementary school wore pink, Kayla’s favorite color, as they celebrated her life.
“It’s been tough. There’s no coping, there’s just grieving right now,” PTA president Elicia Eckert said.

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