Key Suspect Nabbed in Schoolyard Executions

Busted as he prepared to flee country: cops
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2007 5:42 AM CDT
Key Suspect Nabbed in Schoolyard Executions
Newark mayor Cory Booker speaks at a news conference Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, in Newark, N.J. Behind Booker is Police Director Garry McCarthy. The news conference was held to announce the arrest of 24-year-old Rodolfo Godinez and his 16-year-old brother, two suspects wanted in connection with the Aug....   (Associated Press)

A principal suspect and his teenage half brother have been arrested in the New Jersey schoolyard executions of three college students in a crime that has shattered the Newark community. Nicaraguan immigrant Rodolfo Godinez, 24, and the teen were arrested in two separate apartments near Washington, D.C., and were preparing to flee the country, reports the Newark Star-Ledger.

The case has triggered concerns about lax treatment of illegal immigrants who break the law, the New York Times reports. Another suspect is an illegal immigrant who had been arrested in three other serious crimes yet had not been deported. The victims were forced to kneel and shot in the head In what Newark's mayor called a "heinous manifestation of evil." (More Newark stories.)

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