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Garner mom killed in home invasion was shot seven times

Posted June 20, 2013

Jose Samual Flores Mendoza, left, and his wife, Maria Saravia Mendoza, both 34, were fatally shot inside their home on Jan. 5, 2013.
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— A Garner woman who was killed along with her husband during a home invasion six months ago was shot seven times, according to an autopsy report released Thursday by the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Maria Saravia Mendoza, 34, of 708 Colonial Drive, suffered several gunshot wounds to her back, as well as wounds to her left buttock, right knee, right hand and lower abdomen, the report stated.

The bullets tore through her right lung, heart, liver and left kidney, the autopsy found.

Mendoza's husband, Jose Samual Flores Mendoza, 34, was also killed in the Jan. 5 attack, although an autopsy report has not been released in his death.

Investigators have said the couple were unintended victims of a dispute between two rival gangs and that the target had lived in the house in 2011 prior to the Mendozas moving there.

According to search warrants in the case, deputies found Maria Mendoza dead in the kitchen and her husband dead on the couch. The couple's 3-year-old son was also found in the home but was not physically harmed.

Investigators found throughout the home dozens of shell casings from a .45 caliber handgun and a 7.62mm rifle, which helped them link the crime to two teenagers who were arrested in the case.

Isrrael Vasquez, 16, and a 15-year-old boy are awaiting trial on multiple charges, including two counts each of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and one count of first-degree burglary.


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  • pedsrndad Jun 24, 2013

    Another example of the idiocy of gang activity that they did not bother to identify the people living at the site of their illegal assault. I am sure the "gang members" congratulated themselves over their attack. I am sure strict gun control laws protected the victims. Wait a minute, you mean all the laws didn't help stop the violence? Well, maybe we need to further restrict gun ownership. That works, right?

  • gnewsome1 Jun 21, 2013

    These two "boys" need to experience an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

  • Sarge Jun 21, 2013

    time to protect yourself folks....

  • mrman2a Jun 21, 2013

    Amnesty for all will solve the problem!

  • corey3rd2 Jun 20, 2013

    It's always good to know what the former tenants did before you move into a place.

  • stymieindurham Jun 20, 2013

    This was not the doings of gangs, it was the doings of Societal Terrorists!!

  • yankee1 Jun 20, 2013

    Same stupid arguments from the left and people keep getting killed by criminals and punks because we can't enforce the laws we have and the Judicial system is full of bleeding heart liberals. Nice!

  • Justic4All Jun 20, 2013

    The Garner Mom's son was unharmed. Very appropriate because the son was in the story. Background checks? They were probably on a waiting list to be granted citizenship from Obama. Then they can get gun permits. Now they are on the waiting list for amnesty. Probably get deported so they can return in a couple of weeks, squeaky clean.

  • scvmcdoc Jun 20, 2013

    Actually eric, the age for a handgun in NC is 21.

  • eric52272 Jun 20, 2013

    "wonder if they had gun permits".....no they probably didn't since you have to be 18 to have a gun permit....its too bad that this man and his wife didn't have a firearm handy, maybe they would still be alive and two criminals would be dead instead of having to feed and house them for the rest of their lives.