Prosecutors on Friday charged two 18-year-olds with homicide within the case.
Investigators imagine the now-18-year-old accused of fatally capturing two males at an Airbnb social gathering in Draper earlier this month solely meant to hit one of many victims.
The second sufferer apparently was collateral injury — the outcome, charging paperwork say, of Daniel Martinez firing roughly 10 rounds right into a crowd close to 11460 S. Cranberry Hill Ct. as he “skipped and danced down the street.”
Salt Lake County prosecutors on Friday charged Martinez, who was 17 on the time of the capturing, and Ashtyn Ortega, additionally 18, with a number of felony counts of homicide.
The paperwork filed in third District Court define for the primary time what occurred main as much as the April 3 capturing, which left 27-year-old Austin Terry Powell and 21-year-old Jonathan July Fuentes useless. Draper police didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Friday, and it’s unclear how or if the victims knew the alleged shooter.
Witnesses instructed police the capturing occurred round 1 a.m., after the Airbnb proprietor arrived on the social gathering and instructed visitors to go away. Martinez was exterior breaking beer bottles within the street when he acquired into an argument with Powell, in line with charging paperwork.
Ortega instructed police that Martinez requested him for his gun, and Ortega gave it to him. Another witness instructed police he noticed Martinez obtain the gun and shoot at Powell. When police arrived, they discovered Powell useless close to his Tesla automotive. They famous bullet holes within the windshield.
Charging paperwork state that there are at the very least two movies of the capturing: one from the home-owner’s doorbell digicam, and one other recorded on a cellphone.
The telephone footage allegedly exhibits Martinez firing at Powell with the gun in a single hand as he skipped and jumped.
Police arrested Ortega on April 7. He instructed them, in line with court docket paperwork, that Martinez fired the gun.
Martinez is also in custody, court docket data point out. It’s unclear when he was arrested. He instructed police Ortega shot the gun.
In addition to the homicide prices, Ortega faces further weapons and marijuana-related prices.
Both youngsters are being held with out bail. Court dates haven’t been scheduled in both case.
‘Completely unexpected’ loss
Authorities haven’t stated if the 2 victims knew one another. Regardless, they ended up on the similar social gathering that night time. It was Fuentes’ birthday — April 2 — when the social gathering started.
“His loss was completely unexpected,” his obituary learn, “and the family is shocked and deeply saddened.”
According to their obituaries, each victims have been born in Utah.
Fuentes spent a lot of his adolescence till he was 13 in El Salvador. He got here again to Utah and went to Kearns High School, the place he realized — and have become captivated with — woodworking.
After he graduated, Fuentes turned a automobile emissions inspector. He dreamed of being a lawyer.
“Jonathan went through many struggles in his lifetime, very sad things, a lot of suffering,” in accordance to his obituary, “but he had a family that supported him until the end and showed him how much we loved him.”
He had a baby in 2020, his obituary stated, and beloved his household, pals and canine Gigi dearly.
Powell was born in Murray and graduated from Summit Academy High School in Bluffdale. He appreciated watching soccer and basketball, however he performed lacrosse. His obituary stated it taught him “discipline, leadership, and teamwork.”
His obituary stated Powell beloved “traveling with his friends, eating a delicious steak, and driving fast cars” and aspired to begin a enterprise.
His “greatest accomplishment” was his daughter. He all the time instructed individuals sooner or later she would run the world.
“The passion he felt for his daughter and her future was unparalleled,” in line with his obituary. He would discuss to Grace in regards to the significance of lady energy, and discuss politics along with her, all the time asking her opinion. Encouraging her and telling her how good she is and that she may very well be and do something.”