REVEALED: Pregnant teen Savanah Soto and her boyfriend were shot in the head before they were found dead in his car as cops investigate her death as a homicide

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Savannah Soto, 18, went missing when she was due to give birth to baby boy
  • She and her boyfriend Matthew Guerra, 22, found dead in his car in San Antonio
  • The couple were shot dead and both had bullet wounds to their heads

A pregnant teenager and her boyfriend were found in his car with a bullet wounds to their heads, and her death declared a homicide.

Savannah Soto, 18, disappeared last Saturday when she was supposed to be induced into labor and was found dead on Tuesday with Matthew Guerra, 22.

Guerra died from a ‘contact gunshot wound to the head’ and Soto was also shot in the head, the medical examiner in Bexar County, Texas, said.

The autopsy also led to her death being declared a homicide on Thursday afternoon.

Savannah Soto, 18, disappeared last Saturday when she was supposed to be induced into labor and was found dead on Tuesday with Matthew Guerra, 22 

Their bodies sat in the car for three or four days until they were discovered, police said. Soto's unborn baby did not survive

Their bodies sat in the car for three or four days until they were discovered, police said. Soto’s unborn baby did not survive 

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the scene was complex and ‘very perplexing’ and the case was being investigated as a possible murder.

Their bodies sat in the car for three or four days until they were discovered, police said. Soto’s unborn baby did not survive.

Guerra’s Kia Optima was found in a car park on Danny Kaye Drive in San Antonio after a witness messaged Soto’s sister-in-law Joanie Wasil on Facebook.

Wasil saw Soto in the front passenger seat and Guerra in the back. She glanced at Soto’s face ‘and didn’t want to see any more’.

Soto took out a restraining order against Guerra a year ago after he beat her on Christmas Day 2022 and was charged with assault.

‘You are prohibited from intentionally, knowingly or recklessly communicating with Savannah Soto, whether by telephone, in writing, or in person in a harmful or injurious manner,’ court records stated.

The documents did not provide details on the 2022 assault.

Mariana Delgado, who claims to be the deceased teenager's sister-in-law, posted on Facebook that Soto's body had been found early this evening and that she was in a 'bad bad condition'

Mariana Delgado, who claims to be the deceased teenager’s sister-in-law, posted on Facebook that Soto’s body had been found early this evening and that she was in a ‘bad bad condition’

Matthew Guerra, 22, pictured in jail booking photo from 2022

Matthew Guerra, 22, pictured in jail booking photo from 2022

Despite a documented history of violence, Guerra's mother claimed her son was not abusive

Despite a documented history of violence, Guerra’s mother claimed her son was not abusive

Guerra violated his parole for the domestic violence charge and was back court in June  charged with three new felonies: evading arrest, unlawfully having a firearm, and reckless driving.

‘The defendant demonstrates being in the pre contemplation stage and wants to continue to engage in criminal activity,’ the legal paperwork noted. 

He also failed to seek lawful employment or attend battery counseling classes.

After the teen girl’s disappearance, a neighbor of Soto and Guerra claimed they witnessed the boyfriend ‘arguing [with] and beating her almost every day’.

‘I witnessed him beating her and kicked her downstairs while she was unconscious,’ the unnamed person said, adding that ‘he kicked her body and face’ and ‘she needed stitches.’ 

Despite a documented history of violence, Guerra’s mother claimed her son was not abusive. 

‘I know my son and he wouldn’t do anything to hurt her,’ Karen Hernandez posted online in the days when the couple was still missing.

‘As a mother, I know my son and his girlfriend were taken against their will because my son does what he does for money.’

The 18-year-old was last seen at her Leon Valley apartment and was described to be in 'imminent danger' or involuntarily disappeared

The 18-year-old was last seen at her Leon Valley apartment and was described to be in ‘imminent danger’ or involuntarily disappeared

Her boyfriend Matthew Guerra had also gone missing and some have accused him of being involved. Guerra's mother denied the accusations against her son: 'I know my son and he wouldn't do anything to hurt her'

Her boyfriend Matthew Guerra had also gone missing and some have accused him of being involved. Guerra’s mother denied the accusations against her son: ‘I know my son and he wouldn’t do anything to hurt her’ 

Hernandez did not elaborate on what exactly he did for money. 

Soto’s family insisted she wouldn’t have run away as they made a Christmas Day appeal for help to find her.

‘I don’t know where she’s at or where she could be at because this is not like her,’ her mother Gloria Cordova told reporters. 

‘She was so excited to have this baby, the house is already baby-ready. She was so excited she was going to be a mommy.’ 

Wasil added: ‘It’s all she was talking about since she got pregnant… That was her life. She was so ready to be a mom. I think she was meant to be a mom.’ 

Victor Nathaneal Rivas, 18, was on trial for the murder of Ethan Soto, 15, on Friday when the Soto family launched an attack, footage shows

Victor Nathaneal Rivas, 18, was on trial for the murder of Ethan Soto, 15, on Friday when the Soto family launched an attack, footage shows 

The shooter reportedly lured his 'victim' from his home in May 2022 after Ethan stole THC cartridges from Rivas (pictured: Ethan Soto)

The shooter reportedly lured his ‘victim’ from his home in May 2022 after Ethan stole THC cartridges from Rivas (pictured: Ethan Soto)

Soto’s family was recently involved in a courtroom brawl with supporters of the teenager accused of murdering her brother last year.

Ethan Soto, 15, was shot dead in what is believed to be revenge for a drug robbery in May 2022, according to San Antonio police.

Victor Nathaneal Rivas was taking the stand in court, when members of the Soto family launched at him, triggering a huge brawl.

Footage showed at least four members jumping a partition and throwing punches at Rivas – who allegedly provoked the group by making a gesture at them.

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