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The Day After Thanksgiving, 2 Women Were Found Shot Dead in a Phoenix Apartment. Their Killers Remain Free Decades Later.

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Nov. 23 2023, Published 10:03 a.m. ET

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The day after Thanksgiving in 1998, two women were found shot dead in their Phoenix apartment. Now, 25 years later, police still don’t know who was responsible.

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Around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 27, 1998, police in Phoenix were called to an apartment complex for a reported shooting.

When officers arrived, they went to an apartment and found two women dead from gunshot wounds, according to authorities. They were identified as Rebecca Gonzales, 18, and Sophia Abril, 22.

Two suspects were spotted leaving the apartment but haven’t been caught, even decades later.

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Police told KTAR in 2011 that the shooting happened the day after Thanksgiving and the apartment door was left wide open. Authorities have not released a motive in the case that has now gone cold.


Abril’s mother, Carmen, told KTAR in 2011 that her daughter was killed just weeks after moving into her first apartment. Carmen added that she is sure the suspects told others about the incident.

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“They know who they are and I’m sure they have talked and that’s what we’re hoping for, that they have told somebody,” Carmen said, according to KTAR. “She was just a girl who just loved to laugh and have fun. Everything was fun to her.

At that time, it had been a decade since the two women were found murdered, and Carmen still had dreams of her daughter.

“There was no reason to take these two girls’ lives,” Carmen told the outlet. “They had nothing against anyone, they were good girls, they didn’t hurt anyone.”

One of the suspects is described as a Hispanic man, 5-feet-6-inches tall with a shaved head, goatee and light complex. The other was also a Hispanic man who was 5-feet-7-inches tall with short black hair. Anyone with information on the cold case is asked to contact (480) 948-6377.


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