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Why El Paso, Texas’s Joseph Angel Alvarez shot Daniel Kaufmann, Georgette Kaufmann in 2020

Joseph Angel Alvarez (©El Paso Police Department)
Joseph Angel Alvarez (©El Paso Police Department)

Joseph Angel Alvarez, 38, of El Paso, Texas, United States has been arrested by the El Paso Police Department. He was charged with murder and aggravated assault. 

Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020, Alvarez worked at General Aviation Terminal in El Paso. He allegedly learned a female co-worker’s schedule, waited for her to arrive at work and accosted her as she got out of her vehicle.

After the alleged attack, Alvarez was fired. He then started targeting four corner houses near Memorial Park in El Paso, which is around 10 minutes away from his home.

According to Alvarez, the houses were part of a cult involved in an evil activity. He accused the people living in the houses of conducting “abortions by manner of magic.”

Among the people living in those houses in the Manhattan Heights neighborhood in El Paso were Georgette Garcia Kaufmann, 50, and her husband Daniel L. Kaufmann, 47. The two worked as lawyers for the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

In 2013, Georgette started working for the Texas Attorney General’s Office’s Child Support Division as an assistant attorney general. Daniel was an assistant attorney general with the division from 2010 to 2014 and from 2016 to 2019.

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On November 10, 2020, Alvarez went to Memorial Park to photograph the park and the houses nearby. At around 7:35 p.m. on November 14, 2020, he returned to the park and saw Georgette arriving at her home through a detached rear garage.

Alvarez allegedly ambushed Kaufmann, fatally shot her, then walked through the detached garage into the her yard onto the patio landing and tried to open a house door. That was when her husband heard noises at the door.

Thinking it was Georgette, Daniel walked to the back door and was allegedly shot by Alvarez, who then fled the scene. Daniel was able to crawl to the front door and go to the house of a neighbor, who then called 911.

On the night of the killing, Alvarez sent an email to the U.S. Army, in which he demanded people “stop all murder of babies.” He also mentioned his plans to kill the people living in the houses near Memorial Park.

After the shooting, Alvarez started working as a driver for Papa John’s Pizza on Viscount Boulevard in El Paso. On September 8, 2021, he was arrested outside the restaurant by members of the El Paso Police Department SWAT team and detectives with the Crimes against Persons’ unit.

Detectives brought Alvarez before judge Humberto Acosta, who set a $2 million bail for the murder of Georgette and $500,000 for the aggravated assault of Daniel. Alvarez was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility, Downtown.

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information on the incident can contact the El Paso Police Department at 915-832-4400. Those who want to call anonymously may contact Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 915-566-8477 (TIPS).

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