ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department says four individuals are now facing charges in the murder of Aliyah Garcia, who was gunned down in the South Valley back in May.
BCSO says they have arrested two teenage brothers after their mother, Nikki Casaus, told deputies in an interview when she was arrested for child abuse and neglect on Tuesday that her sons were responsible for firing the guns in the drive-by shooting of Aaliyah Garcia.
Two other individuals, Marissa Sepulveda and Patrick Zamora, are also expected to face charges in the homicide after BCSO says the two conspired with the brothers to rob another individual, at the residence where Garcia was shot, of about a pound of marijuana. When this plan failed, deputies say Sepulveda communicated with Zamora to “just do whatever he wanted.”
BCSO says Zamora then provided two firearms and drove by the residence where gunshots were fired resulting in the homicide of 18-year-old Garcia, who deputies have said was an innocent bystander.
The Albuquerque Police Department and BCSO property crimes detectives located the brothers on Friday in northwest Albuquerque while conducting a follow up on an unrelated crime of aggravated burglary.
Based on the information detectives arrested the teenage brothers and charged the two with Murder, Conspiracy, Shooting at or From a Motor Vehicle, Shooting at an Occupied Dwelling, Assault with Intent to Commit a Violent Felony, Criminal Damage to Property Greater than $1000 and Tampering with Evidence.
Sepulveda was charged with Murder, Conspiracy, and Shooting at or from a Motor Vehicle.
Detectives say they will also be following up with additional charges on Zamora who is already in custody.
BCSO says the investigation is ongoing at this time.