BY DAVE PARRO
As if solving 22 cold-case gang murders wasn't stunning enough, Aurora Police Chief Bill Powell promises more arrests in other unsolved killings by the end of the year. And he says he's not just talking about one or two more.
While some victim family members were overjoyed with Friday's news, others no doubt were devastated that their loved ones weren't on the list of cases cracked. Powell's request: Be patient.
"I know after today they might be feeling a little anguish because they aren't the cases we're dealing with," Powell said Friday. "It's hard to say, 'Give us more time,' but that's what I have to say. Please bear with us."
Here's an interactive look at the 28 suspects in custody and the murders police say they committed:
• Roel Soto, 35, of the 0-99 block of Pueblo Road, Montgomery, accused of killing 19-year-old Michael O'Gara of Elgin. O'Gara was shot at 2 p.m. Jan. 30, 1997, while driving on South Broadway. Two passengers riding with O'Gara were not injured. Soto is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
• Andres Beltran, 23, of the 100 block of North Kendall Street, Aurora, accused of killing 17-year-old Steven Quigley of Aurora. Quigley was killed in his home on Superior Street when multiple shots were fired from outside at 1:50 p.m. April 16, 2006. Quigley's 20-year-old sister was hit in the thigh but recovered. Beltran is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
• Omar Soto, 29, of the 700 block of Delius Street, Aurora, and Rashaan Thomas, 31, of the 12200 block of South Vincennes, Blue Island, are accused of killing 17-year-old Demetrius Washington of Aurora. Washington was shot at 8:20 p.m. Sept. 16, 1995, while he sat on the front porch of his home on Flagg Street. Soto and Thomas are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
• Michael Luciano, 34, a former Aurora resident who now lives in Mesa, Ariz., and his father, Angel "Doc" Luciano, 55, of the 300 block of Spruce Street, Aurora, accused of killing 20-year-old Willie Arce of Aurora. Arce was shot through a window at about 10:30 p.m. June 29, 1989, as he walked down his basement stairs in his home on Liberty Street. The Lucianos are each charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
• Shane Lopez, 31, of the 1600 block of Kensington Place, Aurora, and Johnny Gonzalez, 32, of the 800 block of Superior Street, Aurora, accused of killing 16-year-old Noe Salinas of Aurora. At 5:10 p.m. Jan. 20, 1996, Salinas was chased through yards on Rural Street and shot to death. Lopez and Gonzalez are charged with six counts of first-degree murder.
• Shane Lopez also is accused of killing 25-year-old Curtis Thompson of Aurora. Thompson was shot just after midnight Jan. 6, 1996, as he sat in his car parked on North Ohio Street. Lopez is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
• Michael Diaz, 31, of the 100 block of Hickory Street, North Aurora, is accused of killing 31-year-old David Jimenez of Aurora. Jiminez was shot at 1 p.m. Sept. 27, 1995, as he stood in the driveway of a house on Bangs Street. Diaz is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
• Michael Diaz also is charged, along with Jimmy Torres, 32, of the 500 block of South LaSalle Street in Aurora, with the murder of 17-year-old Larry Wesby of Aurora. At 10:25 p.m. Aug. 28, 1995, Wesby and two other men were standing in the parking lot of an apartment complex on East Indian Trail when multiple shots were fired at them. All three men were hit, but the other two men survived. Diaz and Torres are each charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
• Jose Javier Ramirez, 29, of the 700 block of Liberty Street, Aurora, is accused of killing 26-year-old Rogelio Hernandez of Aurora. Hernandez was at a pay phone near Liberty and Beach streets at 1:40 a.m. April 24, 1995, when a man approached him and opened fire. Ramirez is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
• Irving Childress, 32, of the 1000 block of Light Road in Oswego; Michael Rodriguez, 33, of the 1000 block of Sill Avenue in Aurora; and Michael and Angel "Doc" Luciano are accused of killing 18-year-old Albert Gonzalez of Aurora. Gonzalez was shot at 7:21 p.m., Oct. 31, 1990, as he stood in a bedroom in his home on Grove Street. The shots were fired from a grassy hillside across the street from the home. Several others were injured but survived. Childress, Rodriguez, Michael Luciano and Angel Luciano are each charged with six counts of first-degree murder.
• Abraham Estremera, 37, of the 1000 block of Front Street, Aurora, and Michael J. Reyes, 34, of the 900 block of Solfisburg Avenue, Aurora, are accused of killing Aurora brothers, 20-year-old Jesus Montoya and 19-year-old Francisco Montoya. At about 2:30 p.m. March 9, 1993, the bodies of the Montoya brothers were found in a van parked on Spencer Street. They had been shot execution style. Estremera and Reyes are charged with eight counts first-degree murder.
• Charles Lantz, 26, of the 100 block of North Fourth Street, Aurora, is accused of killing 25-year-old Donald Goodman of Aurora. Goodman was shot multiple times at 11:10 p.m. April 12, 1998, as he stood in the front doorway of his home on Grove Street. Lantz is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
• Quentin Moore, 25, of the 800 block of East Galena Boulevard, Aurora, is accused of killing 20-year-old Sharon Paulette of St. Charles and 17-year-old Larry Postlewaite of Aurora. Paulette and Postlewaite were shot at about 9:20 p.m. Feb. 8, 2001, by someone who walked up to their car in a driveway on North Fourth Street. Moore is charged with four counts of first-degree murder.
• Quentin Moore also is accused of killing 19-year-old Jorge Uriostigue of Aurora. Just after midnight Aug. 8, 2003, Uriostigue was shot in the front yard of a home on North Smith Street. Moore is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
• Jose Melero, 26, of the 200 block Fifth Street, Aurora, is accused of killing 30-year-old Raul Romero of Aurora. Romero was out with friends at 1 a.m. Aug. 28, 2004, when he was severely beaten by several men in a downtown Aurora tavern. He suffered massive head wounds and died Oct. 31, 2004. Police said the attack was unprovoked. Melero is charged with six counts of first-degree murder.
• Juan Carlos Verdugo, 25, of the 300 block of South Spencer Street, Aurora, and Jorge Alanis, 32, of the 3100 block of Cambria Court, Aurora, are accused of killing 17-year-old Robert L. Rem of Aurora. Rem was shot multiple times at about 8:10 p.m. Dec. 21, 2003, while walking to his grandmother's house on Star Lane. A few days later, Rem was supposed to have visited his mother in Germany, where she was stationed with the U.S. Army after finishing a five-month tour in Iraq. Verdugo and Alanis are each charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
• George Torres, 30, of the 700 block of Hamilton Avenue, Aurora, is accused of killing 21-year-old Fernando Dieppa of Aurora. Dieppa was shot at 9:05 p.m. Nov. 4, 1997 while he sat in a car parked in an alley on East Illinois Avenue. A woman in the car with Dieppa drove him to an Aurora hospital, where he died the next morning. Torres is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
• Julian Acosta, 23, of the 1000 block of Second Avenue, Aurora, and Arnoldo Aguilar, 22, of the 700 block of Superior Street, Aurora, accused of killing 26-year-old Brian Lambert of Aurora. Lambert was shot at 9:41 p.m. May 19, 2001, while he sat in a parked car on North Anderson Street. Acosta and Aguilar are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
• Quentin Moore; and Aurorans Ruben Hernandez, 24, of the 600 block of North Lincoln Avenue; Juan Vargas, 18, of the 200 block of High Street; Max Aguilar, 17, of the 500 block of Fifth Street; and Roman Lucio, 26, of the 800 block of Birchwood Drive, are accused of killing 21-year-old Jorge Caro of Aurora. Caro was found beaten to death in a yard on North Lincoln Avenue at 4:15 a.m. Sept. 4, 2005. Moore, Hernandez, Vargas, Aguilar and Lucio are charged with six counts of first-degree murder.
• Jesse M. Lopez, 25, of the 500 block of Palace Street, Aurora, is accused of killing 22-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez of Oswego. Just after midnight on July 9, 2003, Rodriguez was shot three times by a man at a convenience store in Montgomery. He died later at the hospital. Lopez is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.