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3 charged with murder in Raleigh brothel shooting

Posted July 2, 2008

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— Raleigh police arrested three men and charged them with murder in connection with a shooting last weekend at a house operating as a brothel.

Police charged Rony Alvararo Martinez, 23, Elvin Adrian Martinez, 21, and Mauricio Castillo, 19, with two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

The three men are from Durham, and Durham police assisted in making the arrests.

Marco Antonio Alvarez-Martinez, 19, and Gregorio Lopez-Estrada, 23, died of gunshot wounds as a result of the shooting at 316 Sunnybrook Road Saturday afternoon.

Two others, Aquillino Padilla-Meza, 26, and Angelica Avendano-Pereda, 20, were injured.

The residence was operating as a brothel, Raleigh police said Tuesday. But they could comment if it was connected to a motive behind the slayings.

Initially, investigators said two men fled the scene in a dark-blue minivan, believed to be a late '90s model with untinted or lightly tinted windows.


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  • braves182 Jul 7, 2008

    All i can say is wow. Everyone is jumping to conclusions that these 3 hispanics are illegal immigrants. Uh, I am pretty sure the United States prides itself on innocent until proven guilty so how bout we stop the blatant racism that has fallen on the hispanic culture. Oh they are hispanic they must be in a gang. NC is changing while i agree that the illegal immigration is a problem we cant assume every person of hispanic heritage is here illegaly or they are in a gang.

  • oldschooltarheel Jul 7, 2008

    sww1rb - people committing crimes like this & involved in trade of other people care only about themselves, the culture is just a rallying call. Means nothing other than a way to garner special treatment.

  • Adelinthe Jul 7, 2008

    I just don't understand why folks, if they are so concerned about their culture, kill their own kind.

    Anyone understand???

    Praying for the loved ones of them all.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • oldschooltarheel Jul 7, 2008

    con amor - it is not racial profiling. It is identifying people who are in our country ILLEGALLY for their own selfish & often illegal purposes, taking advantage of the generosity, largess & sometimes, naivety of the American people. BTW - think it's called "racial profiling" in Mexico? Stop with the whining already with a concept that wouldn't float in your native country & should float here. Tell your compadres to immigrate legally then there would not be the problem. Keep rolling in as illegal aliens & eventually the US will re-enact some of former President Gen. Eisenhower's method of rounding up illegal aliens - here's a reference for you to peruse - http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0706/p09s01-coop.html
    look it up & then tell me how you like them apples. That's what needs to happen again - right now. Profiling happens when certain groups demonstrate a measurable affinity to certain behaviors - driving drunk, smuggling drugs & slaves, blowing people/things up.

  • Deb1003 Jul 7, 2008

    I'm getting really REALLY! tired of hearing about all this foul stuff. If they're illegal ship 'em out...don't bother spending taxpayer money on trials. The citizens of the country, state and county deserve more respect from the government than what we've been getting. SHIP THE ILLEGALS OUT!

  • jkca Jul 7, 2008

    Con Amor--I pulled the link off the NCDMV today....so are you telling me the DMV hasn't updated their website in the past few years....go do your homework! As for illegals getting driver's license, son, there are tons of illegals riding around with NC driver's licenses....had a friend just the other day get rear ended by an illegal!

    some of these illegals drive around looking for an accident to happen...they'll intentionally hit the brakes on the car that they are driving, hoping that they'll get hit from behind, so they can try to claim some "whip cash".

  • NCGal Jul 3, 2008

    According to N&O, ICE has holds on all three of these accused murderers.

  • hefty-lefty Jul 2, 2008

    I can't help but wonder if we will remember all this when it's time to go to the polls again!!!

  • DurhamDude Jul 2, 2008

    Those darn conservatives keeping the brothels alive.

  • Ihaveafewquestions Jul 2, 2008

    Why is it that when a violent crime (such as a homicide) occurs in our area it's not a big deal (or even bad) unless it occurs in Durham? Whenever I look at this blog after someone is shot or killed in Durham, I see a ton of "here we go again" or "another one bites the dust" statements. But when it happens elsewhere (especially Raleigh), it's just "something that happened". The people that use this blog like that are irresponsible. Most of you have never even been to Durham or you would realize that the vast majority of this city is very safe. This rash of homicides, and robberies by the dozens in Raleigh is something you'd better start speaking out about (in the same way you do Durham's crime). Ignoring it, or acting like it's just not a big deal will only blind you to the facts that are occurring right in front of your faces. Each one of them is a tragedy to the individuals and families, not just the ones that occur outside of Raleigh's city limits.