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Two teens charged in Wake County double homicide

Posted January 23, 2013
Updated March 3, 2013

— Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Wednesday that investigators have arrested a 16-year-old and 15-year-old in connection with the shooting deaths of a husband and wife whose bodies were found in their home near Garner earlier this month.

The bodies of Jose Samual Flores Mendoza and his wife, Maria Saravia Mendoza, both 34, were found around 12:30 a.m. Jan. 5 at their home at 708 Colonial Drive near Garner, after a neighbor called 911 when she heard loud noises.

Isrrael Vasquez, 16, of 165 Montiseno Drive, Raleigh, and his 15-year-old nephew, whose identity was not released because of his age, were arrested Wednesday afternoon and each charged with two counts of murder, felony conspiracy, first-degree burglary and possession of stolen property. Vasquez faces an additional charge of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

"This was not a random act, but unfortunately, the victims in this killing probably did not have anything to do with it," Harrison said. "At this point in the investigation, we do not see any indication that they even knew these people, but this is an ongoing investigation."

He declined to offer any other details, including a possible motive, saying it's still too early in the investigation. He did say, however, that investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the shooting might have been gang-related.

Isrrael Vasquez Teens charged in shooting that killed Garner couple

There are also indications, he said, that the Mendoza shootings might be related to a Dec. 4 shooting on Meadowbrook Road.

"Some of the same individuals charged today had been charged in that shooting," Harrison said.

It's also too soon, he said, to say whether a weapon found last week in the Raleigh apartment of Gemby Itzamar Estrada, 18, is connected to the case. An arrest warrant for Estrada indicated that authorities were trying to connect the weapon to a double-homicide investigation.

The Mendozas both worked at Golden Corral in south Raleigh and were the parents of two children. The youngest, a 3-year-old boy, was home at the time of the attack. Their 12-year-old was not present. They are both being cared for by family members.

"It's just a tragedy. From what we’ve heard and what we've found out, the people that were killed were Christians, hard-working people," Harrison said. "They stayed to themselves. It's not only a tragedy for their families but for their friends in that community and this county."

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  • bill0 Jan 24, 1:55 p.m.

    "Apparently an illegal gun was used in both murders...gun laws failed to stop the crime."

    Yes, it is shocking that the laws prohibiting the feds from tracking private sales of guns and who owns particular weapons somehow didn't track who owned the weapon.

    Here is a little idea. How about we actually track ALL gun sales and ownership so we could have a chance of keeping some of these weapons out of the hands of minors and criminals. Someone sold these fine upstanding young men a weapon. Unfortunately, our laws aren't sufficient to have any chance of tracking that person down.

  • computer trainer Jan 24, 1:02 p.m.

    Give us the name of the guy they were after!

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 24, 12:57 p.m.

    I find the reporting of a possible high ranking gang member use to live there very possible. NC has become a hot bed for those from other countries setting up shop here. Failure to secure our boaders ain't helping this none.

  • djofraleigh Jan 24, 12:30 p.m.

    Apparently an illegal gun was used in both murders...gun laws failed to stop the crime.

  • Sweet summertime Jan 24, 11:46 a.m.

    (sarcastically)....Send them all back to Mexico including their born ansd raised children. That way we will have to build and maintain our own homes. That will solve the problem..jeeez(smh)

  • feistyredhead2001 Jan 24, 11:23 a.m.

    Ya know what is really sad.... they had no reguard for human life,,, yet we have reguard for them!!! As far as I am concerned, it cost me for their life as I PAY my taxes! Public lawn executions should be brought back ! While they get to see the sun rise and set everyday and put hot food in their bellies... that girls family visits a cold grave site,,,, WHERE is the justice in that wake co.?

  • dejr88 Jan 24, 11:21 a.m.

    I've seen some "guns kill people" comments and all I can do is shake my head. A gun goes off 1 of 2 ways.....if it is someone's hands and the "someone" pulls the trigger or by dropping it while loaded..when they should have the safety button locked. These kids knew what they were doing when they committed the crime. Let's put the gun issue aside for a minute and think of the couple who lost their lives and their now orphaned children. I hope the 16 year old is charged as an adult, and a stiff sentence for the 15 year old.

  • OleNCNative Jan 24, 11:19 a.m.

    so you just made up facts in your head and then apply them to all??? wow.. let me follow suit.. all white people are married to their cousins, live in trailer parks and are secretly a member of the KKK .. see not so nice when done to you?? stop judging an entire race of poeple based on a few or their skin color
    NiceNSmooth

    I didn't make up numbers. I speak Spanish as a second language, have Hispanic friends who share their stories of crossing the boarder, work with the public, and have access to information regarding legal status. Trust me. My estimation is pretty dog-gone accurate.

  • Momma2three Jan 24, 11:06 a.m.

    "These are the people that helped to elect Barack Obama" Uh, no they're not. They're young teens and do not have the right to vote. This violence is not a political issue, it's a moral issue and some parents are just not doing right by their kids
    larterl

    -agreed!!!

  • NiceNSmooth Jan 24, 11:05 a.m.

    1) People assume they are illegal because such a great part of the Hispanic population in NC is. I don't have any hard facts, but I know it's way over 50%. I think probably closer to 80 - 90%.

    so you just made up facts in your head and then apply them to all??? wow.. let me follow suit.. all white people are married to their cousins, live in trailer parks and are secretly a member of the KKK .. see not so nice when done to you?? stop judging an entire race of poeple based on a few or their skin color

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