Jose Villarreal, Adan Villarreal, Killed in Kingsville Apartment Complex Shooting; Lapse in Security?

Jose Villarreal, Adan Villarreal, Killed in Kingsville Apartment Complex Shooting.

Jose Villarreal, Adan Villarreal, Killed in Kingsville Apartment Complex Shooting. (Stock Photo:

Did negligent security contribute to the loss of Jose Villarreal and Adan Villarreal and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?


Gunfire erupted at a Kingsville, Texas apartment complex Monday evening, May 13, 2019, tragically leaving two men dead.  According to, “[p]olice were called to the Utopian Apartments in the 1700 block of N. 1st St. around 8:30 p.m.” is reporting, “[w]hen officers arrived, a man was found at the bottom of the stairs in one of the buildings with multiple gunshot wounds…[a]nother man was found in an apartment with several gunshot wounds.”  According to the report, the men were taken to a local hospital, where they died from their injuries.  “The men were identified as Jose Villarreal, 37, and Adan Villarreal, 41, of Alice.”

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.


Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.

  • How were the suspects able to gain access on to the property?
  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property? 
  • What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Jose Villarreal and Adan Villarreal at the time of the shooting?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the families of Jose Villarreal and Adan Villarreal may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss. 

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the families of Jose Villarreal and Adan Villarreal retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.


The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence.  We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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