Aurora police: More arrests coming

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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.

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Justice will be served!!! My brother did not deserve to die the way those two guys murdered them. They were taking from us, their family, their daughter and unborn son. It is very sad to live a life without a father, brother or son. Our family has grieved over the deaths of my brothers for 14 long years. My mother my now live a normal life again!!

I just read the comment by dayce montoya. I hope your family finds some peace with these arrests.
For so long, it has been difficult to come up with suspects because of the lack of cooperation from witnesses. Many times they are intimidated and threatened when they choose to testify for the prosecution. I recall a Sugar Grove woman who was the mother of someone who I believe was going to testify--being slaughtered in her home. I don't recall the exact details--but I believe it was a strong deterrent to witness cooperation. It was truly a horrifying incident.
Nothing can bring your sweet brother back, but hopefully you can rest easier, knowing some thugs are off the street, and your brother's life has been given more value, with the relentless pursuit of the one who snuffed his life out.
Bless you.

I feel sorry for all the families that have lost someone in their lives. I to have lost loved ones. But with the stuff that is happening now, I have lost again. I am now without MY husband and MY children are without their father. Our lives are up in the air also. This has a domino effect on our entire family. My husband has left that life alone for many years. We are trying to teach our children not to become a victim of that life. And to give our children something neither one of us ever had, a family with both parents present and loving. My prayers are with the families of the victims. I hope the police do their jobs and find the true killers.

Finally, justice has prevailed! The innocent families that have lived through such a nigthmare and been effected emotionally can some how rest assured. It will not bring back our loved ones lost to such cowardly acts commited by punks who call themselves men but we can finally say that sooner or later you will get caught up! May God have mercy on your souls. You reap what you sow! No mercy for what you have done. You deserve what you get.

i was born and raised in Aurora and it seems that nothing has changed. i now live in Los Angeles, CA

This Corral man who gave up information and listed as a Snitch! Look at what the justice system is showing us! a white boy who gave or maybe even made it up to save his own neck!he is getting out in 2015. while he puts latin & african american men out there. we have allowed the judicial system to cause separation once again and place some possily innocent men in jail.

Wasn't Corral supposed to get 25 to life for all of the drugs he was putting on our town of Aurora?? yet the justice dept stands behind a coward. who knows what he was told to say and all that was made up.

i know some of these people that were arrested and find it hard to believe they are all murderers after 20 years.i can only speak on what i know about the character of the ones that i know. this is Unreal! these men have families too! they have changed their lives and living respectable lives! and one man changed everyones world! i hope and pray Justice is served for all of the right reasons and not what the Corral ( drug trafficker ) says. we may as well hang all of them now and go back to the slavery days.

i do sympathize with the victims and their families. were they gang members too? how were they living?? were they drug dealers and gang members - it is so easy to claim. for the Glory of it all?? this is a sad day in Aurora

I was born and raised in Aurora and while growing up, I always felt a sense of pride and love for my town. No one could ever, say anything negative without hearing my mouth. But in 1995, my opinion started to change. My brother was one of the victims, when Larry Wesby (ELBOW) was murdered. He and Larry were best friends and mostly inseperable. Larry was also like a member of our family and was loved and respected by many. The person or person's who took his life not only took his mother's only child, he took my brother's life with him. He told me that the night he was shot, he saw death. He has never fully recovered from his death and the survivors guilt is overwhelming. This person, that did this, has affected not only the victims of the shooting, but the children of them and their children to come. The emotional toll that this type of grief takes on a person makes them unable to give themselves completely to anyone including their own children. Basically, this capture has been a long time coming. I AM SO PROUD OF ALL THE OFFICERS WHO CARED ENOUGH NOT TO GIVE UP. I have seen since 1995 at least 20 of my friends, family and classmates die from this craziness. To name a few, Hog (Corey Pryor), CJ ( Calvin Pryor) Demetrius Washington, Corey Lesure, TOPP (Mario Stewart), Nigorski, Marcus Stewart, Squirrel ( Tony Tenniel), K-D, Louis Donatlyn & MANY MORE. This has caused me & almost everyone associated with our family to have very harsh feelings towards the APD & the justice system. This happened when I had just turned 16 and I am now 27. I have been living with such anger and hatred all these years and to open the paper and see that someone has been named and caught, it's overwhelming. It brings tears to my eyes just ot write this. I have watched my brother deal with this whole situation and watched him spiral into depression behind not only this murder, but that 20 to follow. The friends that we grew up with and loved. The friends we went to elementary school with and played with on a regular basis. WHY? When I received news that someone was picked up, I felt such an energy come over me. I feel like the victims will finally rest in peace. I could literally see Elbow's face in my head when i closed my eyes, smiling, like, "yea".

I don't want to make it seem like only the murder victims and families are only effected by this tragedy. My heart goes out to all the families that are effected in this. Even Michael Diaz and Jimmy Torres's mother. I am a mother too and I can not imagine the pain they much feel knowing that if convicted they will never have their boys back. No more Christmas mornings or mother's day suprises. No more, "mom, can I hold $20." My heart breaks for the families that will no longer have the blessings of a father, brother, cousin, son or a friend. The question that remains is WHY? Why would you do something that would ruin so many people's lives, including the people closest to you. I have not forgiven the people who have changed our lives. But, I will, with time. I will also pray for the families that they left behind. My prayers are with all the mother's that are now left to raise the children that the accused left behind, You will be ok, and so will your children. I know that right know you can't help but to love the one your with, but in time, when you watch your children grow and struggle with life and watch them love and lose loved ones, you will think about what their life would have been if they were raised by a murderer. NOW, dont misunderstand, I am a firm believer in innocent until proven guilty. And if they have the wrong person, I hope they will be released asap. I would never want some innocent person in jail if they didn't do it. I want the right person convicted. That is the only way to find true closer. I can go on and on but one thing that I want to leave everyone involved in this whole situation with, and that includes the alleged murderer's, their families and the victims friends and families, is that GOD WILL NEVER GIVE US MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE AND IN SITUATIONS LIKE THIS, WE MUST TRUST AND BELEIVE THAT HE WILL MAKE IT ALL RIGHT.

REPLY FROM MIKE CETERA:

Point of clarification -- Juan Corral is Hispanic. And we also don't know for certain that he is involved in this case. We do know for sure, however, that he has provided information to the feds in the past.

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Reading Mrs. Luciano's comments was truly an eye opener of how many people become victims and are held in bondage when their lives are somehow intertwined with a gangbanger's. We must all remember that there is much suffering now for innocent friends and family of those arrested. Probably in many cases, those arrested have since become productive, contributing members of society. Perhaps they have chosen to walk away from their former lives of youthful ignorance. Perhaps the youth who have been inspired by these scum will now see there is no glory in murder, rather a life of guilt and remorse and now, a life in prison, devoid of most creature comforts, when accountability comes into play.
I would suggest that anyone thinking it is cool to lead a gangbanger life to think again. Your past sometimes comes back to bite you big time. And for Mrs. Luciano and others, it is devastating when that happens.

To the ones who killed my boy, I just want to say that, I asked god to let me feel my son's death and I did, no one should receive a death like that, there are no words to ever heal me, my heart aches, and aches and aches forever for my boy that somebody's took from me.

Everybody talks about the family of the victims and how they grieve, but aren't the family of the people aressted grieving too. They have familys too. Also i agree whith what was said earlier by lou. Not all of the people killed where innocent by standers. Does not make it right but I don't think they should be put on a pedastel. I also am ashamed that Aurora can spend a lot of time and money on these murders and not on trying to prevent the problems. They let education lack in this city They give our kids DARE and say well that is enough. It is a good program to teach about drugs and gang awareness. But what about the Education as a way out. Slowly this city lets the Education slip away. I too grew up in Aurora, I use to think it was a good place to raise my kids. But this city no longer cares about its children. Maybe it never did. So with this I close My GOD Bless and Take care of all the families involved.

WHEN YOU PURCHASE A HOME AND HAVE LIVED IN IT FOR 20 YEARS, ARE YOU STILL NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR IT? THESE COWARDS HAVE MURDERED IN THE PAST AND REGARDLESS OF HOW LONG IT'S BEEN, THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS IN THE PAST. I LOOK FOR JUSTICE AND REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH TIME THEY GET, I AM HAPPY THEY ARE GONE. MAY THE AURORA POLICE DEPT. KNOW THAT THEY HAVE BROUGHT CLOSURE TO THE VICTIMS FAMILIES AND THAT THEY (APD) SHOULD BE PROUD OF WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. CONTINUE TO GET THE REST OF THE SCUM OFF THE STREET AND HIP HIP HOORAY FOR THE AURORA POLICE DEPT.

I was born and raised here in Aurora. Unfortunately, Aurora is a small town and everyone knows everyone. There is alot of sadness in this day for all of the Mothers who lost sons and daughters and my prayers are with them and their families. I also know what it is like to be on the other side and unfortunately I feel sorry for these men's parents and mainly there children. We all had choices to make some good and some bad. I do not however feel sorry for their actions. One of the men listed killed my cousin in 2005. It was a very sad time for my whole family. I will never forget the cowardly act that those men committed. It all boils down to the parents and society. Parents need to be aware of what is going on with their children or else they ended up being everyone's problem. I grew up with most of the guys listed here both victims and murderers. I changed my life around after learning from my mistakes. I had children born into the same situation. I don't regret my children I regret my choices, Aurora never had much too offer as far as a way out. I eventually left and see that not much has changed. As for Juan Corral I grew up with him. I applaud what he has done not because he is a coward or trying to find a way out but because he has put some sense of comfort into all of the victims families that their child's murder will now have to pay for their crime and all of the lives lost. As for the APD I am glad that this has finally come to a conclusion but as I said I grew up on these streets and I know that more could have been done for these men who were youth at the time to get out and stay out.

I want to comment on the families of those charged. MURDER IS MURDER NO MATTER WHETHER IT WAS YESTERDAY OR 18 years ago. It doesn't matter that these now men once cowards have changed their lives around. They need to pay for the choices they made once upon a time. Back in the days they felt those choices were the most important thing in the world and it makes me happy knowing that they're now finally feeling the regret (if that's possible) They sad part is that if they are able to feel regret it would only be because they have families now and not because they took ours then. I do feel sorry for the wives, mothers, childeren, grandchildren and so on but if my loved one committed a murder I would not sit behind a wall and claim their innocence when in my heart I knew they were guilty. It's easy to say that they're being falsly charged but in a lot of these cases the truth has ran the streets for many many years. It wasn't until last week that the truth of the streets and the APD came together.

RIP BROTHERS- MAURO SALGADO,LUKE ZAMORA,CARLOS LAMAS,DONAVAN BIGGER,CARLOS LOPEZ,JOSE RAMOS,BRIAN LAMBERT. LOVE,RESPECT,AND HONOR. YOU ALL PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.

First and foremost I would like to extend my condolences to the families of the victims and the accusers. I was born and raised in Aurora. So with that behind us lets get to the root of the problem. We are put against each other when I say we I mean blacks and hispanics. We are given no hope or sense of pride. This falls on the shoulders of our education system. We aren't encouraged to go to college or encouraged to participate in sports. The sad thing about this whole ordeal is that the majority of the victims and accusers are from DISTRICT 131!!! We on the east side are simply treated like phesants for the lack of a better word. The city can act like they are blind to this but we all have some gang ties or know gang members. That is inevitable growing up in Aurora!!! Whether you know them from school or they are family members. We aren't given the options that the rest are given. The majority of the men charged and murdered dealt in that life because there only other choice is to get a factory job paying 8.00 an hour!! Now don't get me wrong if you want something bad enough you get up and work for it. It is just ten times harder to work for something you didn't even know existed!! I personally grew up with the some of the men murdered and accused. Genuinely good people that didn't have the heart to kill a fly until there backs were against the wall. I personally lost my best friend to the senseless streets of Aurora. At that point I realized that there was no way to live in Aurora and escape the garbage. My best friend wasn't a gang member he was just of the wrong nationality in the wrong area. I wrote all this to say that we have to look past us because we aren't solely responsible for the nonsense. That would be like the citizens of Iraq blaming each other for being at war. Aurora is a war zone and it is out of our hands to determine who will live and die. RIP-SQUIRREL, FRESH, LIL BO, TWIN, CHA CHA, LUKE ZAMORA, FERNANDO JAIMES, ERIC JOHNSON, RASHOD "TURTLE" WALDROP, RAYMOND "ROCKY" TURNAGE!!!!

I don't think that believeing a man that fighting to get out of jail because his whole family was dealing drugs is credible. Is our justice system failing both murder victims and my family both or what? These families are going to be put threw alot due to false testimony. My family is going to fight till or death for my brother, he is not a murderer but a victim himself along with his wife and kids. All this does is teach our kids to be scared of the police and that the will take innocent people to jail.........You got caught orko take what you deserve....... we love you my brother

I have children with one of the men that were charged with murder.
What saddens me is all the children, but that doesn't mean that these men should not pay for what they have done. A majority of these guys same mentality they don't work, deal drugs, carry guns, steal, lie, cheat, and beat on their girlfriends. Is this the life that you want for your children? Yeah I admit that I have made poor judgements and I pay for that every time I look into my childrens eyes, but it's never to late to want a better life for your children's sake. Children don't know any better they only know what we as parents teach them.

Its far too often that society choses to accuse and make men guilty until proven innocent. Is this the way our judicial system really intended? Although my deepest condolences go out to the victims of these senseless crimes I also feel as though the aurora police department has filled them (as well as the people of aurora) with a false sense of security in the arrest of these men.

How is it so easy for them to make this into a victory so soon? Why would they tell these families, "we have caught the murderers?" what if some of these men go to trial and are found NOT guilty? Then what? Will their investigations continue? It all seems a little too strange to me. Those that know what's really going on in the streets would know that these men are being held because there are criminals sitting behind bars pleeing for less charges, snitching on those that are free, only so that they can walk the streets again. This is obvious, why all latin kings?

Are latin kings the only gang problem we have faced in aurora? and what about all the other killings that have happened amongst other groups and the families that face the death of loved ones in more recent years if not in recent months? If the aurora police department really did their job and didn't rely soley on the help of snitches then perhaps some of these crimes would be solved in a more timely manner.

It is hard for me to judge these men, particularly before they have been heard before the court and all the evidence has been given. Even at that point, it is not my job to judge another man, for only God can look and measure your wrongs. Instead I will pray that God have mercy and that these men rely on him alone to lead their way. Pray for the families of both victims and accused, that they are bleesed with strength, peace and the courage to move on from this.

I have lived in Aurora all my life. I have seen gang violence as far back as I can remember. My brother was murdered in August of 1996. (R.I.P Juan A. Delgado) my family has not and will never recover from our loss. The men that murdered my brother are out free. I don't think that is classified as justice! My heart goes out to all the families who have lost a loved one because I know first hand how a families life can be changed with gang violence. On the flip side of that some of the accused are friends that grew up in the neighborhood. The reality is that there are two sides and both sides are grieving. I am not justifying the murderers actions in any way. Don't put blame on the whole family but on the individuals themselves. R.I.P JUAN A. DELGADO, CESAR MONTALVO, WILLIE ARCE, DONALD GOODMAN & ALL THE OTHERS WHO WE HAVE LOST TO GANG VIOLENCE. GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!

Correction: Juan A. Delgado was murdered in 1986.

TO THE DELGADO FAMILY, AND THE MONTALVO FAMILY, DONT KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER ME, BUT MAY YOUR LOVED ONES REST IN PEACE ALONG WITH MY BROTHER WILLE ARCE, THERE DEATHS WERE SENSELESS AND UNJUSTIFIED, WE KNOW THAT ONE DAY THIER DEATHS WILL BE HANDLED BY GOD, IN THE MEAN TIME I PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY'S SAFETY, HEALTH AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL THE VICTIMS FAMILYS AS WELL

First and foremost - may God give everyone the strength and serentity to move on.
I would like to say that if Mike Cetera wants to blast Juan Corral he should also make public other court records indicating EVERYONE that has cooperated with FBI and states office with these cases and everything else for that matter. If you are going to give information do not withhold any. Just because Juan's bust was big everyone else involved had a coat tail to step. Juan Corral was not the center of the investigation he was just another one of the bunch.
If Mike Cetera does not know for a fact that Juan Corral has anything to do with this investigation why would you put his family and only his family in jeopardy.
If you really are from the streets you know what is going on. You know what needs to be done in order for you not be where Juan Corral is, which is exactly why alot of them are not in jail.
If Juan is cooperating has anyone ever thought that he would be doing it for his family?
As for orko getting what he deserves, if you know that you are involved with those murders, then all that is left is for you to do right with God.
And I stand behind my brother - his family is all that has ever concerned him and always will.
As for keeping our future generation out of the same situation - suggestion to grab a hold of them now and not just when you are ready to lock them up would be wise. Deginitly need a change in this town and now that there is motivation there should be acceleration as well.

TO ALL TO ALL BANGERS AND THOSE WHO ARE THINKING ABOUT THAT LIFE. ON WHAT LIST DO YOU WANT TO BE ON? THE LIST OF SUSPECTS, WHO ARE NOW IN JAIL, PROBALY FOR LIFE OR MANY YEARS, WITHOUT A CHANCE OF SEEING YOUR LOVED ONES OR A CHANCE TO HAVE A FAMILY OF YOUR OWN. NEVER A CHANCE TO DO THE THINGS WE ALL TAKE FOR GRANTED. FROM THE SIMPLE AND STUPID THINGS LIKE McDONALDS,WHITE CASTLE AND GOING TO GET NEW SNEAKERS AT THE MALL, TO NOT HAVING THE CHANCE TO DO ANYTHING AT ALL. LIGHTS OFF, ROLL CALL. DONT YOU THINK A LIFE OF BEING WITH YOUR FAMILY AND GETTING A CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE MEANS ALOT MORE. TO THOSE OF YOU WHO REMEMBER WILLIE ARCE, HE WAS 20 YEARS OLD. WAS HE GIVEN A CHANCE TO RAISE A FAMILY? WAS HE GIVEN A CHANCE AT LIFE? THE ANSWER IS NO!!!!!! THINK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT DO YOU WANT? IMAGINE YOUR MOTHER CRYING OVER YOUR CASKET, IS IT REALLY WORTH IT? YOU GUYS HAVE A FAMILY THAT LOVES YOU, IF YOU DONT SEE IT, THEN LOOK FOR IT IN THEM, NOT ON THE STREET. BANGING IS NOT THE WAY, BELIEVE ME, IM AN OLDIE

I am glad that these men will finally get whats coming to them. The Montoya brothers didnt deserve this. Jesus had a daughter and Frankie was going to be a dad, and now the cowards that were taken in their families can suffer as we have every day of our lives for the past 14 years, at least yo guys can still see them even if its behind bars. we will never see the Montoya Brothers.

I am the aunt of Robert Rem. He was just 17 years old with a promising future in the music industry. His young life snuffed out in an instant for nothing. I can still remember the smell of death in the emergency room and the look of fear on his face as they pulled the white sheet over his face and pronounced him dead. His eye was open and a bloody towel was wrapped around his head. The agonizing cries of my mother and the phone call to my sister in Germany who was expecting her son to come on the plane home the next day. The most painful memory is the look on his younger brothers face as he was given the task to close the casket, the final memory of the big brother he admired. The arrests change nothing but help to open wounds that will never heal.
Now maybe there is some peace just knowing that these guys are arrested but just like in Iraq, when 1 suicide bomber dies there are 10 born to take his place so the saga contiues. My prayers go out to all the families. God bless you.

I was born and raised here in Aurora and have lost a brother from the hell we call life on the East side. I have seen both sides to this as a victim and a friend...we sit here and judge those who we THINK have put blame cause we hear from the media, BUT do we really know the TRUTH.....no one is defending no one and this is not my purpose of witting this letter...Juan is not the only one who has done what he had to do for family or for himself....we all are out here for our own safety...no one has ever mentioned Fang, Mono...how many years did they get for doing what was right for themselves huh...no one has written about that have they? This is all gods plan, we pay for what we do somehow even if being falsely accused for the wrong murder...but someone else took that blame...but you will pay for other things you have done. Maybe you gave the order and the kids you used took the blame...that's what this whole GANG life is about finding the IDIOT to do the dirty work for you....for those of you who think your brother, father, son, husband is innocent...is he really? Those men who chose this life know that in the end all the cards fall...there is no getting out years may pass by but it all catches up to you. My brothers murderer has been found but no peace comes to me...a 19 year old CHILD sits in jail...my brother lays in a casket...what justice is in that..he shouldn't have died...that child should not be there...I hear in the streets he did not do the wrong that it was my brothers own friends....can I say I believe that, YES it is possible...but the law of life someone has to pay...that CHILD wanted this life he chose...what people don't understand is that it start in the HOMES they need family...we need to teach our children how they can become great things in this life....look around you there is a so called snitch in all of us. Look real hard!

To Willie Arce's brother. I still remember like if it were yesterday when my family got the news about Willie. Your family will always be in our hearts and in our prayers. R.I.P JUAN "PACMAN" DELGADO

I grew up in Aurora on Claim and Fourth and we were few of the black families in that neighborhood. I went to school with Juan Delgado and I knew Willie, Donald and some of the other guys killed from the area, I also remember seeing some of the accused around the way. My heart goes out to all the families that have lost anyone in this senseless "gang" battle whether it was for turf, drugs, color, or mistaken identity. I say it is senseless because the government could come in any day and clear you out and there would be nothing you could do about it. My heart also goes out to the families of the accused because when you are young, you don't think of the consequences and you go on with life, but you always reap what you sow. I am not saying they all are guilty that is not for me to judge. Let us keep all the families involved in our prayers and make Aurora a safer place for our children. Let us not forget Dennis Evans, Ortega, Cesar Montalvo, Morris Spearman, Jimmy Jeffries , Chris Renteria and all the others we lost through this senseless mess.

For all of those that are commenting in this blog - it should be a big eye opener for the officials of Aurora. Bottom line we are the ones that grew up in the middle of all of this conflict. Once upon a time we all grew up together - went to the same Elementary School as the victims of both sides of this fence. Once we all hit Jr High School is where all of the divisions came. We had to begin to take sides, wether it was by choice, best interest, or simply because of circumstance.
Sincerely the only role models there for us are not the ones that are judging us, pointing the finger, nor the ones that are calling us scum. What other role models did these young men have, especially when our families were out working hard for minimum wage - sometimes even 2 jobs just to keep a roof over our heads and our stomachs full?
We need to have more programs for these kids, have real role models that let them all know there is so much more. We know that easy come, easy go. We need to find a way to teach that materialism and power do not rule the world, to teach them that coming together goes a long way.
Alot of these guys that have a record and serve their time still carry that with them and do not find a decent job - especially those with families to support. Then they just have to go back to what they know. Is it really fair - society isn't fair and this blog proves it.
One thing you didn't know about Juan is that he got his CDL license - but what good did it do an exconvict? He taught his kids that they had to work for what they wanted. To do their chores and earn their wants. He taught them about respect.
When they apply for jobs if they lie or don't lie - would you hire them?
Bottom line all those who have died - friend or foe have all played with each other but are forced to say I don't like you or you are a punk because you are with the rival gangs. Soon forgetting they were their kickball team, football partner, even basketball buddy.
We all need to play nice with each other and leave this difference of races or differences of which side of the river we live in.
I knew the majority of the victims from all of the different gangs going as far back as elementery school - may they all rest in peace.

WILLIE ARCE R.I.P. OUR FAMILY WAITED FOR MANY MANY YEARS FOR THIS DAY TO COME. WE NEVER LOST HOPE. WE ALWAYS KNEW ONE DAY ONE DAY. WILLIE WAS NEVER FORGOTTEN. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK A.P.D. FOR SUCH A SUPERIOR JOB. THANK U CHIEF FOR READING OUR LETTERS AND GIVING US YOUR WORD. LET THE TRIAL BEGIN AND PUT AWAY THESE VICIOUS PEOPLE THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS CRIME. MISS AND LOVE U WILLIE...

First, Congradulations to all the families who finally got the justice their loved ones deserved. It's been 21 years since my brother was gunned down by members of the same gang, still even if my family and I never receive the justice you and yours have, I am still grateful at you and your family have finally gotten closure. I cried with tears of joy for each and every one of you. Second, Much thanks to the hard, dedicated workers at the Aurora Police department. May God continue to bless you with patience, knowledge, and keep you all forever safe. It is not easy to work cold cases, but, please belive, there are alot of people who are grateful and moor than appreciative for all your department has done, my family and I are. Again, to the families, never give up hope, karma always comes around to those who have wronged you.

Sincerely,
Tiffany Blackwell

First, no one should be jumping for joy about these cold cases being solved and feeling relief of justice. You are obviously blinded by emotions and not understanding the legal fact that these men are SUSPECTS, some were suspects a long time ago. As easily as they can be arrested on a snitch's tongue, they can just as easily be vindicated due to the poor process and practices the APD likes to use to THEIR advantage. As I have been hearing, the records of some of the suspects are lenghty, but for many of the victims, theirs was not so clean either and it will all come out knowing the criminal defense tactics. Bottom line, God handles justice and no man can ever challenge that.

YOU KNOW ALL THESE COMMENTS ARE REALLY SAD. TRUE JUSTICE PRETTY MUCH SAID A MOUTH FULL. I GREW UP WITH PACMAN, CESAR, DENNIS, KNEW DONALD'S WIFE, FERNANDO DIEPPA, MIKE REYES, JOKER, FANG, ORKO, MONTOYA BROTHERS, WILLIE ARCE ETC., ETC. I EVEN KNOW MOST OF THE GIRLS THAT HAVE KIDS FROM THESE GUYS. THE TRUTH IS THEY ARE SUFFERING TOO, NOW HAVING TO RAISE CHILDREN IN THIS ENVIRONMENT. IT IS TIME TO STOP POINTING FINGERS WE ALL CAME FROM THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD, WE ALL MADE CHOICES WHETHER IT WAS GOOD OR BAD. SOME OF US DECIDED TO CHANGE OR TRY TO MAKE THE BEST OF THE MISTAKES WE MADE. I KNOW I HAVE KIDS FROM GANGBANGERS BUT I TURNED MY LIFE AROUND WENT TO COLLEGE HAVE MY KIDS IN DECENT SCHOOLS AND HAVE DONE EVERYTHING I CAN TO KEEP THEM FROM WHAT WE CALLED LIFE. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS MORE HAS TO BE DONE TO KEEP THESE KIDS OFF THE STREETS, MORE HAS TO BE DONE TO CREATE AN INTERVENTION AN EXIT FROM THIS LIFE. I AM TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT WHO IS RIGHT AND WHO IS WRONG. SNITCH OR NOT. THESE PEOPLE ALL MADE CHOICES, WHETHER THEY WERE VICTIMS OR SUSPECTS. MY COUSIN WAS KILLED ALSO AND HIS NAME IS ON THE LIST OF GUYS THAT WERE CAUGHT BUT THE TRUTH IS I KNOW HE WASN'T INNOCENT EITHER. HE HAD HIS PAST AND UNFORTNATELY LIKE MOST OF THESE GUYS HE CLEANED UP HIS ACT BUT IT STILL CAUGHT UP TO HIM. ALL I CAN PRAY FOR IS JUSTICE WHETHER BAD OR GOOD IT IS ALL IN GOD'S HANDS. MAY ALL OF YOUR FAMILIES HAVE SOME PEACE REGARDLESS IF ITS FOR THE MOMENT. NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE NEEDS TO LOSE ANY MORE FAMILY TO THIS SENSELESS VIOLENCE. PLEASE GOD SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS REALITY.....

I agree with Latinaone33. You don't realize what kind of life you are living until you leave Aurora. That is all normal stuff going on. Where I live now it would be ridiculous for me to ride around the way I used to, or HAD to. We are all a product of our environment, and Aurora just happens to be a bad environment. And if this is how you " the government" takes care of it, well we need more cemeteries and jails because this will not change a bit doing it the way you are. These guys have kids and now what do they (the children) do? They guys that were killed, what do their children do? They have an anger inside of them now with no outlet. And something needs to be done besides taking their male adult parent or adult figure in their life away. All of these people did what they had to do. It is called growing up in Aurora. Rest in peace Jr., (Rodolfo Pena), and Bam, (Dwayne Holt).

There is a lot being said about those who gave information on these murders. That the records of some of them are lenghty. Would you expect nuns and school teachers to be the witnesses? If someone was a Latin King for 20 years and had been arrested 10 times - wouldn't that make it more likely that he would have the inside information on the murders? Wouldn't that make it more believable that they witnessed the murder committed by their fellow gang friends? Wouldn't it believable that they gave the murder weapon or helped dispose of it? Aren't these the only type of people that the murders trust and confide in? I don't understand why people keep saying that the cooperators have lenghty histories and that will make it hard for the prosecutors to get convictions. I would be suspicious if a nurse or school principle said they were with someone who committed a murder or that a murderer bragged to them about how they did it. But I would expect a fellow gang member with a criminal past to have this information.

REPLY FROM MIKE CETERA:

FYI -- A member of the FBI's cold-case task force told me July 12 that Juan Corral is not involved in this particular case.

My cousin was Brian Lambert. He was like a brother to me. I loved him very much and I cry everytime I visit this site and read. I was raised in Aurora and fortunately I left. I will NEVER GO BACK!

I remember the day I got the call that my Cousin Noe Salinas was dead. We have not been the same since then. He was tooken from my family way to early. He will Always be missed and remembered. He passed away on January 20, 1996. Just 4 days after his birthday. He turned 16. I hope justice is served, but it will never bring him back. Love you Noe and R.I.P

The people/cooperaters who have lengthy records is just one downfall to these so called witnesses. They had many years to come forward if they knew so much. Why speak up now? It seems they are cooperating to make up lies, some again and again just to save their own skin. Believable just because they have been in the gang for 20 years or more doesn't mean anything. It just proves they really didn't care about any of these victims back then, if they were even around. And only now cause they got busted for their dirty deeds they feel the urge to speak up. Now that's suspicious and makes many very doubtful they are telling "the whole truth".

why are these men the same ones from the last FBI bust and what makes any one think that over half wont walk free again?
We need to do something now!!

R.I.P CHRIS TORRES, ULYSES TRUJILLO. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! STOP THE VIOLENCE!!!

I am outraged that the police are giving false info to our community. Shane Lopez who was arrested on a cold case did not live on Kensington he lived at 443 Seminary Ave. in Apt. B and then C, in Aurora for 2 years. Get your facts straight before exposing to media. I will tell the people the truth. He lived there with his wife Melissa Edlemon and his 10yr old son.

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