Police Seek Murder Victim's Former Boyfriend in Mexico

Police Seek Murder Victim's Former Boyfriend in Mexico

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- District Attorney David Yocom on Wednesday filed aggravated homicide and aggravated kidnapping charges against Luis Alberto Salinas, who fled to Mexico after three people were shot to death two weeks ago.

Federal authorities also filed an arrest warrant against Salinas, 22, for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Lorie Roberta Gurule, 22, Aristeo Torres, 30, and Juan Alberto Ruiz, 40, were shot early June 4 while sitting in an idling sport utility vehicle in a convenience store parking lot near the Utah Fairpark.

Police said the three victims lived in the Salt Lake Valley, and that Gurule was Salinas's former girlfriend.

The court charging documents say two witnesses drove Salinas to the store, where he had arranged to meet Gurule. Police said Gurule and the two other victims left a party 30 minutes earlier.

The witnesses said that after Salinas allegedly shot the three victims, he ordered the witnesses on threat of death to drive him back to his car.

A Delta Air Lines clerk told police that before the shooting Salinas bought a ticket to Mexico City that left Salt Lake City about eight hours after the shooting.

Salt Lake City Police Capt. Mark Peck said police here would work with Mexican authorities to try to catch Salinas and return him to Utah.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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