Police Report Details Confrontation Leading to Rapper's Death

New details regarding the San Antonio man suspected of murdering a member of his rap group over the weekend were released in a police report Wednesday.

According to the document, Christopher Garza, a member of the Hooligan Boyz, was seen in surveillance video striking the victim 28 times in the head with his closed fist.

Garza appeared before 214th District Judge Jose Longoria Wednesday afternoon, where he was granted permission to stay with his family in Bexar County while awaiting trial.

"If I allow you to return to San Antonio, you will not be allowed to leave Bexar County," Longoria said.

Garza is accused of killing Miguel Silva, a member of his rap group called the Hooligan Boyz, at a hotel on SPID after they had performed at a local nightclub.

It is still not officially known how Silva died, but the police report states that surveillance video showed an altercation between Garza and Silva outside of their hotel room, during which Garza was on top of the victim trying to restrain him. The report states that Garza appeared to be smothering Silva's face with his stomach.

Witnesses told police that Silva had been drinking heavily that night before returning to the hotel. Garza told police that he was alone with Silva, and that Silva had punched him and would not calm down.

Even though Garza's bond restrictions have been lessened, he must still wear a GPS monitoring device and must drive to Corpus Christi once a week to meet with probation officers.

"My client really doesn't have any family or friends, or any way to relocate here, and he has a cell phone business in San Antonio as well," said Chris Gail, Garza's attorney. "So the judge was right in not forcing him to relocate his entire life here."

Garza was released late Wednesday afternoon after posting a $200,000 bond.


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