UPDATE: 3 arrested and charged with murder of MV brothers
MORENO VALLEY — Authorities have arrested three people they say were responsible for the March 7 drive-by shooting of two brothers at a Moreno Valley fast food restaurant parking lot.
The brazen double homicide happened outside a Jack In The Box in the area of Old Lake Drive and Sunny Mead Ranch Parkway, according to sheriff’s officials investigating the brothers’ murders.
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Emergency first responders were dispatched to the Lakeshore Villa Shopping Center about 8:20 p.m., after emergency dispatchers received multiple 911 calls reporting the deadly shooting, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Brosche explained as the investigation was getting underway.
When officials arrived, they found brothers, Elijah “Eli” Asencio, 21, and Jeremiah “Lil’ JJ” Asencio, 17, both deceased at the scene, according to Brosche.
The investigation was turned over to the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit, who announced today the arrest of three people they allege were responsible for the brothers’ murders.
CHU and Moreno Valley PD investigators, with assistance from MVPD’s Special Enforcement Team members, arrested the trio Friday, Sept. 28.
According to Brosche, all three subjects were minors living in Moreno Valley at the time of the shooting.
One of the trio has since turned 18, while the other two alleged suspects are both 16. The juveniles were later booked into Juvenile Hall while the adult, who officials declined to name because he was a minor when the shootings happened was booked into Riverside’s Robert Presley Detention Center.
The investigation is ongoing and officials have said no further information will be released at this time.
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Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Investigator Mullins with the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number MV180660495 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.
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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.
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