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More Arrests Made in Teen's Slaying

Posted May 8, 2007 5:16 p.m. EDT
Updated May 9, 2007 10:13 a.m. EDT

— Five men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 13-year-old girl last week at her north Raleigh apartment, police said Tuesday.

Gelnirys 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 last Thursday 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.

Monday, Raleigh police arrested Raul Antonio Pichardo, 25, on a charge of murder. He is being held in the Wake County Jail.

Police last Thursday charged Wilson Batista Roldao, 29, of 7801 Joydon Court in Raleigh, as an accessory after the fact of murder.

No information about a possible motive in the shootings has been released, but police said at the time that they did not believe it was random violence.

An arrest warrant on a charge of murder has been issued for Shawn Delmar Taylor, 26, in connection with the shooting. He wasn't in custody Tuesday night.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-890-3398 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME.