Phoenix serial killing suspect arrested in deaths of 7

Justin Greene
May 10, 2017

Two new murders are linked to the investigation.

"Our hearts go out to the surviving families".

"It was a real shock and a real loss because he was always involved in our lives and to have him taken away from us like that was a really bad thing to go through", she said.

Phoenix Police have arrested Aaron Juan Saucedo and charged him with 26 felony counts of homicide, aggravated assault and drive-by-shooting for 12 shootings that took place between August 2015 and July 2016. "For one part I'm happy because there's going to be justice in my son's death and others' deaths and that person is not gonna do more damage", Gisela Castro, the mother of shooting victim Manuel Castro-Garcia, told the Associated Press.

The gunman committed the murders while driving one of a handful of cars including a black BMW 5-series and a white Cadillac.

Police offered a $75,000 reward for information which could lead to the serial killer's arrest. The 23-year-old serial killing suspect accused of fatally shooting seven people last year and wounding two others in attacks that terrorized a largely Latino Phoenix neighborhood was arrested Monday, May 8, 2017, authorities said.

"Today is a good day in the city of Phoenix", Mayor Greg Stanton said.

New evidence and tips from the community led police to charge him with the eight other killings that happened between January 1, 2016, and June 12, 2016, Howard said.


Authorities said they don't know of any motive for the shootings. Courtesy of ABC15 Arizona and YouTube. All of the killings were random except for the first one, Williams said. In 2015, a shooter struck 11 times along the state's freeways over two months. Officials indicated there is no evidence he had an accomplice in the shootings.

Police said the investigation is still ongoing.

He is later believed to have fired at random on complete strangers in the street, killing eight people.

"It's been said that a serial killer is like a chameleon, and that's what made this case so frustrating", said David Gonzales, the USA marshal for the District of Arizona. The police said at the news conference that they had found no "correlation" between Saucedo and the victims, though The Arizona Republic reported that Romero had been dating Saucedo's mother when he was killed. He died at a hospital.

March 18, 2016: A 21-year-old man was shot and injured while standing outside his auto in a residential area around 11:30 p.m.

- Diego Verdugo-Sanchez was shot dead on April 1, 2016 in front of his home.

Next came the death of Krystal Annette White, a 55-year-old who was gunned down in the street at 4.30am on April 19. The 19-year-old was gunned down on June 10 at 9.30pm while he stood outside a different house.

Graciela Beltrán broke down in tears as she looked back at the life and accomplishments of her only son, Horacio de Jesus Pena, who was killed outside his home on June 3, 2016, after coming home from work.

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