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Pair charged in Fuquay-Varina teen's stabbing death

Posted August 7, 2011
Updated August 8, 2011

— Two Apex men were charged Sunday in connection with the stabbing death of a 15-year-old Fuquay-Varina girl whose body was found in Jordan Lake early Saturday morning, the Chatham County Sheriff's Office said.

Gabriel Alejandro Maricio Lopez, 20, of 600 Church St., and Alejanero Prada Sanchez, 19, of 307 Linwood St., apartment 23, both face charges of first-degree murder. Investigators believe that Lopez stabbed Patricia Perez to death after an argument at Jordan Lake and that Sanchez was present for the murder.

Perez and Lopez were dating, authorities said.

Pair charged in Fuquay-Varina teen's stabbing death Pair charged in Fuquay-Varina teen's stabbing death

Lopez and Sanchez were being held in the Chatham County jail without bond. They are due in court Monday.

Fishermen found Perez's body face-down near a fishing ramp off Farrington Road about one mile north of U.S. Highway 64 around 1 a.m.

Family members told authorities that the teen had been missing for about 48 hours and that her mother filed a missing persons report with the Wake County Sheriff's Office on Friday evening.

Wake County deputies assisted Chatham County authorities with the investigation.


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  • aquamarine46 Aug 8, 2011

    BigUNCfan.........remember all the criminals who were released last year or the year before when they were sentenced to life? They get all these "good behavior points" which reduces their term. That is one rediculous "benefit" given to inmates, who are suppose to be paying the penalty for a crime deserving of the "LIFE" sentence they were given. There should be NO good behavior points to be earned which would allow them to be released early. Something terribly wrong with our "Justice" system. I say give them DP, because Life doesn't mean Life!!

  • housemanagercary Aug 8, 2011

    Ditto BIGUNC and RB

    How many times do we hear these cases where these men have priors? Violent priors? And they're out walking the streets just biding their time before they snap and again do something else. I bet this kid has a violent past too.

  • southernbythegraceofGOD Aug 8, 2011

    this is the only thing that seems to be in the news anymore. how many more women have to die at the hands of the men in their lives or former relationships, before the states justice system will start handing out sentences that fit the crime, life in prison should mean just that , never get out of prison spend the rest of your life there and die. personally the death penalty should be the proper punishment for these murderers if they take a life intentionally take their life. this makes me so sad just here recently the mom from kinston, the young lady in durham stabbed in a fast food parking lot , now this , i'm sure i've left some more recent ones out. COME ON NC WAKE UP AND LET THESE ANIMALS KNOW THAT THIS SUCH BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND THAT MORE THAN JUST A SLAP ON THE WRIST WILL THERE PUNISHMENT.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 8, 2011

    BIGUNC - "I am for the death penalty not because it is or is not a deterent but for the specific case at hand, it absolutely ensures that specific person will not at some point get out of prison and commit future crimes."


    It keeps innocents forever safe from that particular beast.

  • callme4avon Aug 8, 2011

    I think society should take care of things like this.Save the taxpayers a lot of $$. My heart does go out to the family of this girl,especially her mother.

  • BigUNCFan Aug 8, 2011

    They'll be out with time served in about 4 to 6 years. Book it.

  • BigUNCFan Aug 8, 2011

    I am for the death penalty not because it is or is not a deterent but for the specific case at hand, it absolutely ensures that specific person will not at some point get out of prison and commit future crimes. My issue with life in prison is that invariably, these people get paroled for one technicality or another. If life meant life, I would be more in favor of life in prison over the death penalty or it would just be a toss up to me as both being about the same.

  • ECU4lyf Aug 8, 2011

    I'm kind of wondering about customs in other countries, 20 year olds dating 15 year olds? I know it's totally unacceptable here, but how about other countries? Is this against the law in their native land? Would he have the parents permission if he were in his country?

  • danunger Aug 8, 2011

    Needle for the stabber, life for his buddy.

  • Holli0224 Aug 8, 2011

    She was 15 and he was 20?! I'm sorry but I would end up in jail for assault (or worse) if a 20 year old guy tried to be romantically involved with my 15 year old daughter. I'm not blaming her mother because I don't have all the facts. Maybe they were sneaking around... but no 20 year old has any business dating a high school freshman.