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Suspects in fatal San Jacinto double-shooting to be in court Friday

By in Press Enterprise on January 12, 2018

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

The four people accused of fatally shooting a San Jacinto woman and Hemet man earlier this month are expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office officials said.

Ariel Savoie, 19, Kenneth Wilson, 18, and Martel Patrick McBride, 18, all of Hemet; and Alexis Mary Garcia, 19, of Valle Vista east of Hemet, are accused of killing Lauren Lopez, 19, and Patrick Powell, 22.

Riverside County sheriff’s investigators arrested the foursome Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s jail booking logs.

They are expected to appear in Riverside County Superior Court in Banning at 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to John Hall, spokesman for the DA’s Office.

Several friends of Lopez and Powell have claimed on social media some of the four arrested knew the victims but authorities would neither confirm that information nor elaborate on a motive.

The family of Lopez expressed their devastation and heartbreak over the arrests, but said they were not ready Friday to speak openly about the relationships or the arrests.

Lopez and Powell were found fatally shot in a vehicle in a ditch just before noon Jan. 3 off the edge of Ramona Expressway at Warren Road. They were taken to a hospital, where they later died.

A memorial gathering last Saturday outside Team Quest Athletic Center, where Lopez was a trainer attracted friends and families of both victims. Lopez was attending college, worked at a Hemet retirement community, at a local Home Dept and trained in mixed martial arts.

Sheriff’s homicide investigators and the sheriff’s SWAT team obtained warrants Tuesday to search homes in the 300 block of Monte Vista Way and in the 100 block of La Amistad Way, both in Hemet.

They were assisted by Hemet police and the District Attorney’s Office.


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