Merced Co. sheriff's deputies have made a huge break in a triple murder case.
They've arrested three gang members: Jose Botello and Jose Carcarballido, both 19-years old from Atwater and Jacob Logan, an 18-year old from Merced.
The men are accused of shooting and killing three teenagers at a party held in March of last year. More than a hundred people at the party that night and not many of them were willing to talk to the cops. Recently, some decided to step up and cooperate, which allowed investigators to focus on a few select suspects.
“I couldn't ask for any better results at any better time than this day today,” said Desiree Parreira, the mother of a victim.
Desiree Parreira is now living with a sense of comfort three alleged killers are in jail.
“It just hardens my heart to know that there are people out there who would take such a precious person away from so many people who loved and adored her so much,” said Parreira.
Parreira's 16-year old daughter, Samantha, was shot during a party at a home on Westside Blvd. in Atwater. 18-year old Bernabed Hernandez-Canela and 19-year old Matthew Fisher were also gunned down. Investigators say the party started as a small gathering.
“And quickly through social media and text messages being forwarded from one phone to another amongst teenagers and young adults, the party quickly grew out of control. Numerous people from all walks of life started showing up. Different gangs from different areas and communities within the county,” said Det. Chuck Hale of the Merced Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Parreira misses her charismatic, fun-loving girl everyday, but she now has a sense of confidence that justice will be served.
She wants other grieving families to experience closure as well, so she urges community members to not back down.
“If we keep running around being scared, these gangs are just going to take over and take everybody away from us,” said Parreira.
Detectives are looking to help the district attorney strengthen its case against the suspects. If you have any information, you're asked to call the Merced Co. Sheriff's Department at (209) 385-7444.
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