She records on video the moment her boyfriend kills her

A statement from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPCSO) says the death of a woman in the desert Far East of El Paso may have been an accident.

According to the evidence collected, the victim recorded with her cell phone the moment her boyfriend fatally shot her.

Court documents, in the possession of El Diario de El Paso, indicate that Efraín Orozco, 24, declared that he had thought that his .45-caliber pistol – which he had used to practice target shooting – was no longer loaded.

It was then that he pointed the gun at Karina Isabel Tobías, who was recording the moment with her cell phone, and pulled the trigger. A bullet that had remained in the gun was struck, hitting the 24-year-old woman in the head.

The events occurred last Sunday, April 10, when El Paso Police officers (EPPD) were sent to the Providence East Campus Hospital, TX, in reference to a woman who had been shot.

Upon arrival, officers learned that Karina had been shot with life-threatening injuries in a desert area near the 14400 block of Montwood Dr.

On Monday, April 18, 2022, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office reported that the woman had passed away as a result of her injuries. The death occurred on the 12th of this month, two days after the incident that turned out to be deadly.

Throughout the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit obtained an arrest warrant accusing Efraín Orozco of murder, with whom the victim had a dating relationship, according to witnesses.

According to the affidavit, Orozco shared that he, Tobias and a group of friends were shooting in a desert area around the 14400 block of Montwood Drive in Far Eastern El Paso County.

Authorities said Orozco told detectives that he and the group were firing a .45-caliber pistol and a ‘Type Ak-47’ rifle.

The report notes that sometime in the afternoon, Orozco and Tobias met at the back door of his truck, where he says he ejected the magazine from the .45, thinking the gun was unloaded.

“Tobías started recording on his cell phone and Orozco pointed the gun at him and pulled the trigger, hitting her in the head,” the document says.

Orozco told investigators that he “panicized, threw everything,” put Tobias in his truck and took her to the nearest hospital, Providence Hospitals Eastside Campus.

It was there that El Paso Police officers took Orozco into the emergency room and turned him over to members of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit.

Detectives returned to the desert area and recovered Tobias’ cell phone.

Tobias was later transported to Del Sol Medical for further treatment of his injury. Tobias died as a result of her injuries on April 12.

On Monday, April 18, EPCSO detectives, with the help of Homeland Security, were able to retrieve and view video of the incident on Tobias’ phone.

“In said video, the defendant is shown standing directly in front of the cell phone. Defendant leans down and to the right of him, and appears to be holding a gun, then points the gun toward the phone area and the phone operator. Defendant says something that is inaudible, followed by the sound of a gunshot and the phone drops before the video ends,” the affidavit says.

On Tuesday, April 19, Orozco was taken into custody and booked into the El Paso County Detention Center on a murder charge and is being held on a half-million dollar bond.