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Police arrest two suspects in shooting of 17-year-old girl in Phoenix, searching for a third

Source: MSCO, Phoenix Police

Jul. 20 2021, Published 5:49 p.m. ET

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Officials arrested two suspects in the shooting death of a 17-year-old in Phoenix in early July, but they continue to search for the woman they said pulled the trigger.

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Itzel Espinoza was found shot and killed inside a vehicle in the early morning of July 3, according to ABC 15 Arizona.

The car was located in an alley near Southern and 35th Avenue in Phoenix, ABC 15 Arizona reported.

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Detectives say they have developed probable cause to arrest three people, who they suspect were involved in the homicide.

Officers located Jesus J. Valle Padilla, 19, on July 16 and arrested him for facilitation of murder, according to ABC 15 Arizona.

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"My daughter, she posted him on social media a week before this saying: 'that's my brother.' Are you serious? She said, 'that's my brother,'" Eduardo Espinoza, the victim’s father, told ABC 15 Arizona.

A 16-year-old boy was also arrested and booked into the Durango Juvenile Detention Center. The name of that teen has not been released by police.

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A third suspect has been identified as Lindsey B. Aguilar, 18. Police say she pulled the trigger, according to ABC 15 Arizona.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Phoenix Police Department or Silent Witness at (480) 948-6377.


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