California. Three arrested for murders at a school in 2020

AP Agency

Visalia, California. / 14.01.2022 11:56:50

Authorities investigating the fatal shootings of three teenagers in downtown California They said Thursday they arrested three men suspected of the murders and two dozen other gang members connected to a drug and weapons trafficking operation.

Jose Carlos Hernandez Pena, 19, Isaiah Rule, 18, y Blake Madeiros, 19, They were found dead in the parking lot. Golden West High School in Visalia when police responded to reports of shots fired on the night of May 5, 2020. They were not students at the school, police said.

The ensuing investigation turned into a broader probe of gangs in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley and uncovered a drug and gun trafficking network reaching into Texas and Mexico, Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar said during a conference call. of press.

“While the focus was primarily homicide, other crimes were discovered that this group of criminal gang members were committing,” Salazar said.

Mark Aceves, 20, Cesar Lopez, 19, and Abraham Molina, 20, were arrested on suspicion of murder in the shooting of the three teens. Molina faces a special circumstances charge that he fired the gun that killed them, the district attorney for the Tulare County, Tim Ward.

The suspects in the killings are members of the Sureños gang, prosecutors said.

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