Texas law enforcement, from the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed the death of Gabriel Salazar earlier this week and claimed the incident happened after the social media star attempted to flee a traffic stop. Authorities claim Salazar, who went by @gabenotbabe on TikTok, lost control of his vehicle, hit several trees, and rolled over before the car caught on fire.
“On Sunday September 26, 2021 at approximately 1:20am ZCSO deputy overheard a Crystal City Police Department officer initiate a traffic stop on US Highway 83 at the intersection of FM3292. CCPD officer advised he was in an active pursuit with a white Chevy Camaro that was traveling north on Highway 83 towards La Pryor,” read the ZCSO’s Facebook post. “ZCSO deputy assisted with deploying a tire deflation device but was unsuccessful. ZCSO deputy stated that he later heard CCPD officer advise that the vehicle had rolled over and that it was fully engulfed in flames. 4 individuals were pronounced dead at the scene. Texas Department of Public Safety is in charge of the investigation.”
The three other individuals with Salazar were identified as 41-year-old Jose Luis Jimenez-Mora, 23-year-old Jose Molina-Lara, and 36-year-old Sergio Espinoza-Flores. Authorities have not disclosed what caused the initial traffic stop or why Salazar tried to flee.
Family and TikTok peers have dedicated tributes to Salazar, who was known for his lip-sync videos, since his passing. A GoFundMe campaign has been created to cover his funeral expenses and has received nearly $40,000 in donations as of Friday morning.
Source: Zavala County Sheriff’s Office