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A&M-San Antonio honor student victim of murder suicide, preliminary report says

A&M-San Antonio honor student victim of murder suicide, preliminary report says - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

A fundraiser for funeral expenses has been organized by the Texas A&M University-San Antonio student's aunt, Cristina Bendtsen, after the student and her family were found dead after a housefire on March 8. Photo courtesy of GoFundMe

This story was updated at 9:39 a.m. March 28 to include mental health resources and hotlines. 

Editor’s note: This story was edited April 4 to correct the name and pronouns of Lucifer Pescador, the 19-year-old freshman who died March 8 in what police say was a murder-suicide perpetrated by the father. The Mesquite was not aware of Pescador’s preferred name and pronouns until March 28 because university officials only provided Pescador’s legal name, major and classification when we reached out to them through email March 21. We have since confirmed Pescador’s preferred name and pronouns with the Office of Student Affairs and professors who knew Pescador. We acknowledge the importance of using the chosen name and pronouns of a transgender person. The name “Leslie” refers to Pescador’s legal name and is used in quotes and official statements from other sources, which also use she/her pronouns to refer to Pescador.

The death of an honors student at Texas A&M University-San Antonio was the result of a murder suicide at the hands of his father, according to a preliminary investigation by the San Antonio Police Department.

Lucifer Pescador, who attended A&M-San Antonio from August 2023 to March of this year, was found in a house fire reported on the 4400 block of Wrangler Run with his father Alfredo Pescador, 44, his mother Bianca Pescador, 40, and a 13-year-old juvenile believed to be Pescador’s younger brother.

An Instagram post from user @therealfitfamelpaso shared photos of the A&M-San Antonio student and his family on March 13 with a caption that said the Pescadors “were due to visit El Paso [that] week for a family trip, but now their extended family is working to bring their remains back for a proper burial in their hometown.”


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The college student’s death was ruled a homicide after arson investigators found the fire had been intentionally set to cover up a crime. The medical examiner’s office also found that all four family members died from gunshot wounds.

The police report for the Pescadors’ case labels Alfred Pescador as the suspect, and says that “evidence shows the suspect shot and killed the victims, set the house on fire, and then took his own life, shooting the gun at himself.” 

Pescador was 19. He was also a health and behavioral sciences freshman, an honors student and a student tutor with the Writing, Language and Digital Composing Center at the university. 

A&M-San Antonio has not released a statement about the student’s death. 

Pescador’s case is an ongoing investigation.

If you or someone you know one are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call  the suicide and crisis lifeline number at 988. The Student Counseling Center at A&M-San Antonio also has a 24/7  emergency line at 210-784-1331. 

Amber Esparza contributed to this story. 

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Xochilt Garcia
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Xochilt Garcia is a junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio majoring in communications. In her downtime Xochilt enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on and listening to music in all forms. Xochilt hopes to become a full-time reporter, traveling and bringing light to the stories that matter to the community.

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