Brawley Union High School student murdered in El Centro



Martin Smashbro Garza with his parents Yulil Alonso-Garza and Martin Garza


EL CENTRO – El Centro police responded to a call about 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning of a possible stabbing near Commercial Avenue and 7th Street.

Martin Garza, 17, of Brawley, was found stabbed several times and taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

El Centro Police Commander Jeff Mason said, “After several interviews with witnesses, we feel confident that suspects will be indentified.”

Mason said that there are indications that the stabbing may be gang related.

Garza was a student at Brawley Union High School and played sports, including the varsity football team, the Wildcats.

Brawley Wildcat Coach Jon Self gave nothing but praise for Garza.

“Martin was an outstanding young man. He was a great football player and a great person. He loved and cared for his family. He cared for his brothers he played football with. He was an outstanding student. He was the kind of guy you wanted to be around,” said Self. “I’ve known Martin since he was about 5 years old. He had a good GPA, worked hard, and was involved with many school activities. He looked forward to college and playing some sports. It was one of those situations where a good guy was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

A fundraising dinner will be held at Hidalgo Hall Saturday, January 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Garza family.


  1. So sorry and sad for this family. A case it seems of bad things happening to good guys. It is happening all over our nation and somehow must be stopped. My prayers are with this family and all this young man came in contact with. May they feel God’s loving arms around them…………….

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