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Murder suspect on the lam for six years extradited from Mexico back to Sunnyside

It's been nearly six years since Veronica Ayala, the mother of six, was gunned down in her home in Sunnyside.

The man suspected of her murder, Eric Flores, was last October captured in Mexico and last night (Thursday) extradited back to Yakima.

The 31-year-old was turned over to Sunnyside police and is currently at the Yakima County Jail.

Flores has initially been charged with second degree murder stemming from the July 29, 2007 shooting that ended Ayala's life.

An arrest warrant was issued for him two days later and Flores fled the country.

Sunnyside police, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal's office, Yakima County Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice Office of International Affairs and Interpol, continued the manhunt that led to Flores' eventual capture last October.

Officials in Cuernavaca, Mexico last October captured the fugitive and held him until he could be extradited.

Sunnyside police officials this morning said, "As a result of the hard work and diligence of the involved agencies in pursuing Flores, yesterday the U.S. Marshal's Service completed the extradition.

"The success of this effort and the holding of Flores accountable for the murder is due to the cooperative partnership of state and federal agencies."

Flores is scheduled to appear for an arraignment in Yakima County Superior Court this afternoon.

Yakima County Prosecutor Ken Ramm is the prosecutor on record.

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