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Alfonso Loredo Flores Collection

 Collection — Container: 181, Folder: 1
Identifier: ELIBR-0181

Scope and Contents

This digital collection consists of two photographs, an oral history with Lidia Flores, widow of Alfonso Loredo Flores, and legal documents pertaining to the murder of Alfonso Loredo Flores, a 20-year-old bystander and a victim of the 1971 Pharr Riots. Flores was stepping out of Ramos' Hair Styling Center located on the corner of Bell Ave. and Cage Blvd. when he was allegedly shot in the head by Deputy Sheriff Robert C. Johnson.

Robert C. Johnson's indictment and arrest took place on March 11, 1971 and was charged with the the count of negligent homicide in second degree and negligent homicide in first degree. He pleaded not guilty. Texas vs. Robert C. Johnson, (CR-8032) trial began on January, 1973 and ended on February 8, 1973 with the jury declaring him not guilty.

Names mentioned throughout the case are: Lidia Ruiz Flores, Santos Saldana, Allyn Zollicoffer, Jose Luis Villanueva, Oscar Rodriguez, Froilan Ybanez, Juan Hugo Manzanares, Jose R. Garcia, Juan Garcia Jr., Claudio Ramirez, Joe Vera Jr., J. R. Alamia, Anita Orozco, Olivia G. Perez, Luther L. Leopard, Mrs. James F. Cherry, Mary M. Irby, and Gregoria Trejo.

The interview recording is available via our institutional repository.


  • 1971-02-06 - 1973-02-08

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley assumes no responsibility.

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.03 Cubic Feet (1 folder) : 2 photographs; 46 sheets of textual materials

2 Files (These two originals were combined into an .mp4 file for access and preservation.) : 1 oral history; delivered as 2 .mts files ; 3.39 GB and 4.08 GB

Language of Materials



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Repository Details

Part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Special Collections and Archives, Edinburg Campus Repository

ELIBR 1.104
University Library
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg TX 78539-2999
(956) 665-2726