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5 (including illegal alien) charged with murdering 2 Coronado students

       Five people have been charged with murder and five others with lesser felonies in connection with the deaths of two Coronado High School students.
       The bodies of Natalie Partida, 16 (a 10th-grader); and Derek Greer, 15 (a 9th-grader), were found March 12 beside Old Pueblo Road, about five miles south of Fountain.
The late Derek Greer.
Courtesy of Coronado High

       One of the murder suspects, Marco Antonio Garcia-Bravo, 20, is a “documented gang member” from Mexico who is in the United States illegally, according to Carl Rusnok, a spokesperson for the regional office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
       The El Paso County Sheriff's Office, which made the arrests, has released no information about how the deaths occurred, or why.
       Asked about the students, Coronado Principal Darin Smith said of Greer, “I would describe him as a very personable young man who got caught up with the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
       What Smith knows of Partida is that she “only came to Coronado one and a half days out of the entire school year.” He summarized that she “had a troubled past.”
       Separate burial services for Greer and Partida took place in late March.
      
The late Natalie Partita.
Courtesy of Coronado High
The other four individuals charged in their deaths are Gustavo Marquez, 19; Diego Chacon, 19 (as of April 24); Joseph Arthur Rodriguez, 18; and Alexandria Marie Romero, 20.
       The accused are being held in the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center and are scheduled for hearings in District Court June 30 before Judge Larry Schwartz,.
       Regarding Garcia-Bravo, ICE has placed an immigration detainer on him with the Sheriff's Office. That type of detainer requests “that ICE be notified before local authorities release an alien who has been arrested on criminal charges,” Rusnok explained. “ICE places detainers only on individuals it has probable cause to believe are removable from the United States under federal immigration law.”
       ICE is under the United States Department of Homeland Security.
       The five being held on charges other than murder are scheduled for separate hearings.
       Below is a full listing of the charges against all 10 who were arrested, followed by their next court appearance dates. (Information was provided by the Sheriff's Office and Fourth Judicial Court docket data, except for Romero's murder charge, which the prosecution revealed at the District Court hearing April 11, according to a Gazette courtroom report). Note: “x2” means two counts.
       - Marquez: first degree murder (x2), kidnapping (x2), aggravated robbery (x2) and child abuse resulting in death. Next court date - June 30.
       - Chacon: first degree murder (x2), second degree kidnapping (x2), aggravated robbery and child abuse. Next court date - June 30.
       - Rodriguez: first degree murder (x2), second degree kidnapping (x2), aggravated robbery, child abuse and accessory. Next court date - June 30.
       - Garcia-Bravo: first degree murder (x2), second degree kidnapping (x2), aggravated robbery and child abuse. Next court date - June 30.
       - Romero: first-degree murder, second degree kidnapping and accessory. Next court date - June 30.
       - Alander Jordon Wilson, 43: attempt to influence a public official. Next court date - June 30.
       - Angelita Prado, 22: kidnapping. Next court date - May 11.
       - Breeana Eloise Dahlberg, 20: second degree kidnapping. Next court date - May 11.
       - Carlos Meza (age not provided): possession of a weapon by a previous offender. Next court date - May 11.
       - Endo Velarde, 18: attempt to influence a public official. Next court date - June 30.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 4/20/17, updated 4/21/17; Schools: Coronado High School)

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