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Father mourning second child gunned down within a year

Man suspected in Midvale triple homicide arrested after large manhunt

Published: Thursday, Feb. 14 2013 7:35 a.m. MST

"Everybody has different paths in life, she went down the wrong one. She still could have been saved. She was young and she had a good heart," said her brother, Andrew Lucero.

Danielle Lucero is survived by three daughters, ages 3, 4 and 9.

In July, Andy Lucero's son, Tony Vasquez, was shot and killed in a Salt Lake home on July 28. Michael Eugene Vigil, 36, is charged with murdering him. Vasquez and another man were visiting Vigil's parents when Vigil — who had just arrived home — came to the front door and shot Vasquez, according to prosecutors. Vigil is expected to plead guilty as part of an agreement later this month.

Lucero, who has now lost two children to violence, believes the problem is methamphetamine and other drugs, which he believes are worse than guns.

"People need to realize that even if they do (meth) once, it will stay with them for years after," he said.

Despite Fresques' arrest, investigators still are unsure of a possible motive for Tuesday's killings. Fresques is a documented gang member, and the house where the shootings occurred is a known drug house. But Winder said Thursday that it would be wrong to characterize the killings as simply drug-related.

"The facts involving this case are very unique," the sheriff said, while also using words like "very confusing" and "complicated."

"We're not exactly sure what has gone on. It's not clear-cut," Winder said.

The sheriff described Fresques as being very uncooperative with detectives who later tried interviewing him at the police department.

Fresques, who goes by the street name "Twisted," went to the house on Adams Street early Tuesday, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. "During that time, an altercation occurred with Twisted and one of his associates," police wrote.

Fresques reportedly shot one of the women in a room where another witness was but did not shoot the witness, the report states.

As for whether Fresques shot all four people in the house, Winder said that was still under investigation but classified Fresques as having "primary involvement."

A preliminary autopsy from the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that all three victims died of gunshot wounds, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal.

Investigators were still trying Thursday to retrace Fresques' steps and figure out where he has been hiding for 48 hours. Winder said he did not know yet how Fresques came to be in possession of the stolen pickup truck.

Fresques' arrest is the second made in connection with the case.

Jose Fernando Garcia, who was renting the Midvale home, was arrested for investigation of obstruction of justice, Hoyal confirmed. Details about how he was allegedly obstructing the investigation were not released Thursday.

Garcia and Esther Arredondo were in the process of being evicted from the house by the property owner when the shootings occurred. In court documents, the owner claimed the occupants were behind on rent, had caused significant damage, among other accusations.

Fresques has served prison terms for robbery and assault, according to court records. He served jail time for forgery, weapons, drug and other charges. He was charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication in September.

Shooting victims Young and Lucero also had recent run-ins with the law prior to their deaths.

Lucero was charged Tuesday — the day of the slayings — with possessing multiple IDs that were not hers, a third-degree felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor, in 3rd District Court. A warrant was issued for her arrest that day.

According to court records, Lucero and Joshua Tatafu were using drugs inside a parked vehicle in West Valley City on Feb. 5 when an officer pulled up. Lucero also had three other women's identification cards in her possession, according to police. As the officer was transporting Tatafu to jail, the man told the officer he was going to injure him, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. When the two got out of the squad car, Tatafu allegedly kicked the officer. Lucero was released from jail to Pre-Trial Services.

In December, Lucero was convicted of shoplifting, a class B misdemeanor. Also in 2012, Lucero was charged with assault, intentionally destroying property and domestic violence in the presence of a child. All charges were later dismissed. In a separate incident, she was convicted of selling tobacco to a minor, a class C misdemeanor.

Young had a relatively minor criminal history, according to court records. She was convicted of attempted forgery in 2011, shoplifting in 2010, and disorderly conduct in both 2010 and 2009 for which she was sentenced to 90 days in jail each time. Court records show she has also had four eviction notices filed against her since 2003.

E-mail: preavy@desnews.com, acabrero@ksl.com

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