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Sixth Suspect Arrested in Raleigh Teen's Slaying

Posted May 12, 2007
Updated May 14, 2007

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— A sixth suspect in the shooting death of a local middle school student was taken into custody Saturday.

Raleigh police said Shawn Taylor, 27, turned himself in Saturday afternoon. He had been sought in connection with the shooting death of Gelnirys Ortega, 13.

Ortega, a student at West Millbrook Middle School, died May 1 at Remington on the Green Apartments. Her mother, Milagros Ortega, was wounded in the shooting.

Francisco Javier Mora-Mejia, 28, Omar Varona Sandoval, 26, and Manuel Arturo Benavides Arias, 28, were arrested near Baltimore shortly after the shooting by members of the Baltimore County Police Department and the Raleigh Police Department’s Fugitive Task Force.

Mora-Mejia and Sandoval have been charged with murder, while Arias is charged as an accessory after the fact of murder. All are being held in Maryland, pending extradition.

Raleigh police also arrested Raul Antonio Pichardo, 25, on a charge of murder. He is being held in the Wake County Jail. Wilson Batista Roldao, 29, of 7801 Joydon Court in Raleigh, was also charged as an accessory after the fact of murder.

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  • jim2dart May 14, 2007

    Six of them???...I bet they would head for the hills if confronted by a group of girl scouts. Pretty sickening!!!

  • dell May 14, 2007

    Maybe they will shoot themselves on back to mexico where they came from.

  • Tripwire May 14, 2007

    Columbian- oh great! a country ten times more corrupt than Mexico.

  • giggles May 14, 2007

    Berrynice did you know anyone of them personally? I knew Wilson the one from brasil and it is just a shame what he got himself into. To me he seemed like such a nice guy, It was a real surprise to me to find out he was involved in something like this. These are the consequences of hanging around the wrong crowd.

  • Its only me May 14, 2007

    I don't understand why someone would harm a child. I am glad that they will have their day in court REAL soon.

  • I hear voices May 14, 2007

    HEY BERRYNICE, ARE THE COLOMBIANS LEGAL. HOW ABOUT THE ONE FROM BRAZIL, ARE HIS PAPERS IN ORDER. Thank you though, I stirred the pot and got the water boiling.

  • Ladybug1 May 14, 2007

    Has a motive been released yet? I don't understand how a middle school student could be involved with suspects that are so much older. What's going on here?

  • berrynice May 14, 2007

    HEY I HEAR VOICES JUST TO LET U KNOW THE MOM IS LEGAL OK AND NONE OF THE GUYS ARE ILLEGAL MEXICANS THEY ARE COLOMBIAN AND ONE OF THEM IS FROM BRAZIL

  • giggles May 14, 2007

    An innocent life was lost, doesn't matter what nationality was involved. I hope the mother get's well soon!

  • spiritwarriorwoman1 May 14, 2007

    Let's stop being judgemental and thank God that these thugs are being apprehended before they can hurt anyone else.

    None of us knows anything for sure yet, why the house was targeted, etc. For all we know, it may have been a case of targetting the wrong house, and at any rate, a child is dead.

    We also don't know that the mom or any of these people are illegal aliens.

    Praying for all perps to be apprehended and for God to comfort all of the families affected by this crime.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

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