Triple Homicide: Cause of death revealed, 1 in custody
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- KEPR is continuing to follow the triple homicide investigation our of Benton County. Today we learned all three victims were shot to death. We also learned a possible suspect is in custody -- though we don't know who that is or where they are. KEPR shares the newest information -- including whether it's possible the suspect could face charges for a fourth murder.
Jesse Retana says he was like a father figure to 19-year old Victoria Torres.
"She was really outgoing, really like, she could lighten up your life, she can be really loud like screamy loud, she loved to dance, and she always cared about others," he said.
Victoria was one of three young people found dead on Easterday Farms in rural Benton County.
Those left behind are still grasping for answers.
"It brought me down to my knees, and I just started crying...it's something that it's terrible, it's horrific to even know that someone is out there and is capable of doing something like that to two young girls and a young guy," said Retana.
Information remains slim but we did learn more in a news conference Tuesday.
"Victoria Torres, age 19 sustained a gun shot wound to the neck. Abigail Torres, who is 23, received a gunshot wound to the neck. She was pregnant at the time with a near full-term female fetus, which did not survive the mothers death. David Saucedo, age 22, received two gunshot wounds to the head," said Benton County Coroner, John Hansens.
Abigail and Victoria were not related.
Benton County's Sheriff wouldn't confirm they were killed execution style. But deputies believe they were all shot on the farm around 4AM Saturday.
Their bodies were discovered a couple hours later.
"We do have a person of interest that has been arrested on an unrelated charge," said Benton County Sheriff Steve Keane.
Investigators believe all three victims were in Umatilla County for several hours Friday night and into Saturday morning. But they won't say why or what the victims were doing.
The Sheriff also wouldn't say how they were connected to any suspected killers.
"We believe there are several people who are persons of interest, that either have information about this crime or may or may not have been directly involved in this crime." said Sheriff Keane.
But deputies want to assure the public, despite the killings of three people, there isn't a safety threat to the overall community.
Investigators won't confirm if this is gang or drug related.
We asked whether it's possible a person could face a murder charge for the death of the unborn baby. Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller said it all depends, and every crime is considered on a case by case basis.
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