Brutal Murder Devastates Post Family - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/25/05

Brutal Murder Devastates Post Family

He's accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend. Pablo Torres Soto is now behind bars in Garza County. The 59-year-old was transferred to Post from Lubbock around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

On Monday, NewsChannel 11 was there when the Texas Rangers served an arrest warrant in the 400 block of 51st Street. Within hours, he was charged with the murder of 60-year-old Socorro Storie.

On Wednesday, the children of Socorro Storie were in Post packing away what's left of their mother's belongings. Her children traveled from as far as Las Vegas, Nevada to say goodbye to the mother and grandmother they say was held captive in an abusive relationship before it ended so tragically.

"Her boyfriend Pablo Soto was obsessive, jealous, some say crazy," says Danny Storie as he describes the man who allegedly brutally killed his mother, Socorro after years of terrorizing her.

"He didn't want her seeing her family, traveling, he just wanted her to stay here," he explains. Danny tells us Pablo and Socorro dated on and off for 20 years. The two decades of emotional and physical abuse reached a climax on May 16th at the Terrace Cemetery in Post where Socorro went daily, visiting the grave of her youngest son who died of cancer just a year and a half ago. "He hated my mom going to the grave. He was wanting her to let it go, he did not want her to mourn my little brother," says Danny.

Tire marks show where Pablo allegedly struck Socorro's vehicle head on. After severely beating her, Pablo chased Socorro across the cemetery lawn to the care taker's house where she sought help.

"She got away from him and went to the care taker's house and he called 9-1-1 and kept Pablo off of her," explains Danny. But it was too late. After fighting for her life for three days, Socorro died, she now rests near the son she so often visited. "The way she died it was violent, it was awful and I think Pablo Soto should pay for what he did," he states.

Danny says his mother wanted to give a statement about Pablo before she died at Covenant but claims police were uncooperative. We tried to speak with Garza County Authorities but were told they would not release any information regarding this case until Soto goes before the grand jury.

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