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Durham teen is sixth person charged in Wake County slaying

Posted August 10, 2011
Updated August 11, 2011

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— The Wake County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Durham teen in connection with a fatal shooting outside a vacant house in northern Wake County last month.

Chris Alexander Reina, 16, of 2715 Highland Ave., is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He is the sixth person charged in the shooting death of Santiago Hernandez-Arredondo, 44, of Durham.

Miguel Antonio Meza-Rodriguez, 20, and Erik Alejandro Acosta, 18, who both share Reina's address, also face charges.

Meza-Rodriguez is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon last month. Acosta faces felony accessory after the fact charges.

It wasn't clear whether the three are related.

Three Durham family members – a son, stepfather and uncle – are also charged in the shooting.

Pedro Tur Fernandez, 18, of 109 Kilt Way Drive, is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Fernandez's stepfather, Tirso Mondragon-Cuevas, 43, of the same address, and uncle, Rene Mendoza Lopez, 30, of 1520 James St., are also charged with conspiracy to commit assault, plus accessory after the fact to murder.

Authorities say Fernandez shot Hernandez-Arredondo near 4501 Durham Road and N.C. Highway 98 around 8:30 a.m. on July 24. A passerby heard gunshots and found the body. Hernandez-Arredondo was rushed to WakeMed, where he was pronounced dead.

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  • h3ardita11b4 Aug 11, 2011

    with all the "send "em back" comments one would thing that everyone posting were native americans. not for nothing but the posts are absolutely hysterical!!! please tell me y'all are just as funny when you're not in front of the pc!

  • NiceNSmooth Aug 11, 2011

    It allowed its users to make decisions in a rational way based on the observed evidence at hand.

    and what "observed evidence in hand" do you have to prove this person is not a US citizen? I saw no mention of country of origen, immigration status or hold. So plesase show us how your common sense works

  • BigUNCFan Aug 11, 2011

    still1 and people like him or her are the reason we have all of the trouble we have now. He or she has no common sense. In the past we used this thing called common sense to make judgments and usually it was found to be quite useful and correct. It allowed its users to make decisions in a rational way based on the observed evidence at hand.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Aug 11, 2011

    yea....I agree, don't send them anywhere, just hang them.

  • NiceNSmooth Aug 11, 2011

    What a fine group of outstanding citizens. Send 'em back !

    and where are we to send him back to? I saw no mention of country of origin so why would assume he is not a US citizen?

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 11, 2011

    Sounds like they were all up to no good. There maybe more to this story than what is being released to the new media.

  • NiceNSmooth Aug 11, 2011

    He's only 16? And he radiates all that hate? Better put him away or deport him...he's trouble! Deb1003

    He looks scared to me. You can't tell what someone is like from a picture alone.

    wait not only can Deb tell what this person is like from a picture but she can also tell citizenship from a pic.... fire all INS employees and hire Deb!!!

  • babbleon Aug 11, 2011

    Death penalty is in order. LongWayHome

    ?! For conspiracy after the fact?! For a 16yo? His room mates came home and told him about it, and he didn't tell the cops. Death penalty is an over reaction.

  • babbleon Aug 11, 2011

    He's only 16? And he radiates all that hate? Better put him away or deport him...he's trouble! Deb1003

    He looks scared to me. You can't tell what someone is like from a picture alone.

  • sunshine1040 Aug 11, 2011

    Back in the 50 the 60 s kids played cowboys and GI Joe yep we played with toy guns but somebody said they promote violence so or they looked to real. Violence on tv became the target. Folks a 9 yr old does not walk to the game store buy the games console and then the game that goes in it. Parents do you know what your kids are doing?

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