and NICK RYAN
Special to The Tribune
WESLACO, Texas - According to cops and witnesses here, they punched and kicked Farrah Lynn Villalobos until she stopped breathing. That was February 19th. Yesterday, the two brothers alleged to have been her merciless killers confessed to the crime. It is just the latest case of spousal abuse to play out in public along the Rio Grande Valley.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño told story-hungry reporters neighbors reported seeing the men pummel the woman outside for long minutes before she was dragged inside to be whipped some more. Emergency medical personnel found her shortly before 8 a.m. She was taken to Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, where doctors put her on life support. Family members decided to pull the plug on her short, but violent life last Friday.
Little was known or said about what may have sparked the argument and subsequent bloody beating. Cases of spousal abuse are common in the RGV, however, with women usually bearing the brunt of horrible physical attacks from husbands or boyfriends, or both. Alcohol and adultery are given as the main reasons for such assaults, although some women complain that they risk a whipping when they confront their errant husbands about such things as unpaid child support and womanizing.