SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — People in the Wimberley School District are still in shock after learning a student was killed this week.
18-year-old Kevin Yankovoy was a senior at Wimberley High.
The San Marcos Police Department has arrested six suspects believed to be involved in the homicide on Monday night in the parking lot of the Cedars Apartments in San Marcos, located at 1101 Leah Ave.
According to SMPD, officers responded to the scene around 11:34 p.m. on Dec. 9, where they found a Ford truck that had wrecked into multiple cars at the back of the complex.
Inside, officers found an unresponsive man, identified as Wimberley resident Kevin Yankovoy, 18. He had multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Central Texas Medical Center, but was later pronounced dead. Wimberley ISD confirmed Yankovoy was a senior at Wimberley High School and that it would provide counseling services to students and teachers. Superintendent Dwain York wrote to the community, “Please know that all of us are here to support one another through this very sad and challenging time.”
Christopher Albertson has a sophomore at the high school.
He was glad school officials sent them a message about what happened.
“It’s extremely difficult to pinpoint what went wrong since we don’t know what went wrong but it was just something we could at least talk to our children about and let them have a little more understanding and be a little more knowledgeable about the area,” he says.
A reminder to his kids to stay cautious and in constant communication.
“You need to be aware of where you’re at, let us know where you’re at, be cautious of your surroundings,” Albertson says.
“I’m not OK,” said Justin Yankovoy, Kevin’s older brother. “I haven’t been okay since I heard the news.”
Justin told KXAN Kevin is the youngest of three. He said, “I was shocked. I was devastated. I didn’t understand. I feel like there’s a whole in my heart that can’t be mended.”
He said Kevin loved working on cars, a skill he learned from their father. “He was going to go to a trade school and learn to be a certified mechanic. That was it! That was his future, and I was so excited for him to do it,” Justin explained.
He added, “I just hope that wherever he is, he’s having a great time. Know that mom’s proud of him. I’m proud of him.”
Initial reports said there were possibly six people in a green 2001 Infiniti SUV seen during the incident. This group included three people who reportedly ran from the scene before officers arrived.
Officers say they located three juvenile males in a field near the apartment complex and detained them for questioning.
The suspects were identified through video from a theft earlier in the evening and were transported to Hays County Juvenile Detention Center. They have been magistrated and charged with capital murder.
Two other passengers were found in the vehicle where Yankovoy was found. A 21-year-old Wimberely man had been shot in the arm but was treated at the hospital and released. An 18-year-old Wimberely man was uninjured and released.
At around 4:47 a.m., SMPD reported to another firearm incident in the area of Wonder World Park at 1000 Prospect St. Upon arrival at the park, the first responding officer noticed a green 2001 Infinity SUV with a license plate number matching the earlier reports. The officer held the vehicle at gunpoint until additional officers arrived on scene to assist with the high-risk stop.
After investigating the vehicle, officers found several guns. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as San Marcos resident John Coronado, 19, Kyle resident Angelo Quihuiz, 18, and a 15-year-old boy who officials did not name because he is a minor.
Coronado and Quihuiz were taken to SMPD for further questioning and were eventually transported to the Hays County Jail. The 15-year-old was transported to the Hays County Juvenile Detention Center. Detectives have obtained and served warrants for capital murder charges for the three.
This is the seventh homicide in San Marcos in 2019. The investigation is still ongoing.