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Warrants: Gang member was intended target in Wake Co. murders

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The Wake County Sheriff's Office has arrested two people in connection with the murder of Maria Isabel Saravia and Jose Samuel Mendoza Flores.

Deputies say the couple was murdered Jan. 5 at 708 Colonial Drive, which is near Garner.

The Sheriff's Office arrested Isrrael Vasquez, 16, of 165 Montiseno Dr, Raleigh, and his 15-year-old nephew, Wednesday.

Both were charged with two counts of murder, felony conspiracy, first-degree burglary, possession of stolen property and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Vasquez appeared in court Thursday and is being held with no bond.

According to warrants, Vasquez used a .45mm Caliber Pistol, with an obliterated serial number, and a 7.62mm military-type rifle which is believed to have been stolen. 

Warrants also show authorities believe a high-ranking gang member used to the live at the residence, and may have been the intended target.

The suspects are also suspected gang members--and warrants show a gang dispute likely led to the crime.

Jonathan Carlson

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