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Sixth Suspect Arrested in Raleigh Teen's Slaying

Posted May 12, 2007 10:05 p.m. EDT
Updated May 14, 2007 11:56 a.m. EDT

— 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.