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Homicide suspect identified by Grandview police

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police have released the details and the name of the suspect from last Saturday's shooting.

Alejandro Martinez, 19, of Grandview is at the Yakima County Jail awaiting the filing of formal charges for his role in the shooting and murder of 18-year-old Mariano Cuevas.

Police confirmed Cuevas died from a single gunshot wound to the head, sustained following an argument with Martinez Saturday at Cuevas' home in the 600 block of East Second Street, say police.

Witnesses told police the two were arguing in the driveway when Martinez allegedly pulled out a firearm and fatally shot Cuevas.

The suspect was reported to have fled the scene following the shooting and this past Monday police were led to believe Martinez could be found at home. He was taken into custody after being observed leaving the residence.

"It appears that the two individuals involved, both the suspect and the victim had a conflict between each other for the past two months, which is what initially led the suspect to the victim's house," said Grandview Police Chief David Charvet.

He said the incident is not believed to be gang-related, although one of the two men was known to be involved in a gang.

Charvet said a small caliber automatic firearm believed to have been used in the killing has not yet been located.

The Grandview Police Department has requested a charge of murder first degree against Martinez.

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