Murder suspects ID'd

Retaliation shooting reported in Outlook

Bernardo Trevino, 15, was identified this morning as the shooting suspect in the shooting death of George P. Salinas III on Monday night in Outlook.

Trevino was arrested Tuesday morning in Sunnyside and is charged with second degree murder.

Also identified for the first time were Lorena Leon, 15, and Rafael Mendoza, 19, arrested Monday night on charges of accomplice to second degree murder.

Officials in the Yakima County Sheriff's office and Prosecutor's office released the identity of the three this morning. All three are from Sunnyside.

Trevino and Leon face an arraignment hearing in juvenile court tomorrow (Friday) at 1:30 p.m. Mendoza will be arraigned in the basement of the county jail at the same time and date.

At the time of Trevino and Leon's hearing, the Prosecutor's office will file a motion to explore whether the two should be tried as adults.

That's according to Sidney Dolquist, supervisor of the juvenile division for the Prosecutor's office.

She said factors such as the teens' maturity and whether there are past criminal records will be taken into consideration on whether to try either or both as an adult.

The charge of second-degree murder is sought, she said, because first degree involves a pre-meditation or planned murder.

Concerns that the shooting death was gang related were confirmed early Tuesday morning, when a vehicle carrying five people shot at a house in the 700 block of Wellner, in the Outlook area, at about 2 a.m.

Stew Graham is the chief of detectives for Yakima County and said the individuals claimed the shooting was in retaliation for Salinas' murder. He said all five were taken into custody, with ages ranging from 17 to 33.

Graham said this morning that two of the five will likely face charges. As of press time, the Prosecutor's office noted charges had not yet been relayed.

In related news to the murder on Monday, Graham said two other passengers in the suspect vehicle still have not been located. Graham said he believed the two are still in the area.

Sunnyside School District officials declared an external lockdown on all campuses yesterday morning and lifted it at around 12:30 p.m. when they received assurances from police and Sheriff's deputies that areas around the schools were safe.

That's according to Julie Kaplicky, a spokesperson for the district, who said schools had increased security yesterday during the school day, as well as when students were dismissed at the end of the school day.

All school-age students in the suspect car related to Monday night's shooting, including the two passengers still at large, have been expelled from school, Kaplicky said.


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