Lake Elsinore man’s murder leads to arrest of teen

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. — Authorities say a deadly shooting in Lake Elsinore Wednesday, Oct. 14, led to the arrest the next day of a 19-year-old man charged in the victim’s death. The fatal incident happened on the 500 block of Quail Dr., northwest of Hwy. 74 and Joy St.


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Deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the residential neighborhood after receiving reports of a shooting, Sgt. Steve Broshe has since reported.

When deputies arrived they found the lifeless body of a man “who appeared to have been shot,” said Brosche.

The victim has since been identified as Gustavo Morales, a 21-year-old from Lake Elsinore.

Lake Elsinore Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit investigators responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

During their subsequent investigation, officials developed leads and gathered information that led them to identifying Noah Arath Buenrostro-Quartaro, a 19-year-old Lake Elsinore resident, as the person responsible for Morales’ murder.

The next day, on Thursday, Oct. 15, Lake Elsinore deputies assigned to the Gang Task Force located Buenrostro and took him into custody without incident, according to Brosche.

Buenrostro was booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of murder, where he remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail or bond.

Noah Arath Buenrostro-Quartaro, 19, of Lake Elsinore, was arrested on Thursday for his role in the shooting death of 21-year-old Gustavo Morales the day before. RSO booking photo

Officials did not say if there was a known motive for the deadly shooting or what may have led to the fatal incident.

“There are no other outstanding suspects,” according to Brosche; who added that the sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Magana of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Andrade at the Lake Elsinore Station at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number L202880144 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

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 30 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 18 grandchildren.