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Clewiston Police Department and FDLE Investigate the Shooting of Two Brothers

9/6/2007
 
The Clewiston Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announce the arrest of Guadalupe Gonzales, 51, of Clewiston, Fla. for murdering one man and critically injuring the man's brother. Gonzales is charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of attempted felony murder.

Last night the Clewiston Police Department responded to a fight at the Everglades Mobile Home Park in Clewiston. When police arrived on the scene, witnesses told them two men had been shot and the victims had been taken to a local hospital by friends. Officers located the first victim, Jorge Rico, 21, deceased at the Hendry Regional Hospital. The second victim, Juan Rico, 22, was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital in Lee County.

According to witness statements, a fight began between two males at the mobile home park around 7:30 p.m. A large group gathered and several other fights occurred. During the altercation Gonzales allegedly retrieved a weapon and shot both brothers.

FDLE provided crime scene and investigative assistance to the Clewiston Police Department.

Gonzales was booked into the Hendry County Jail. The investigation is ongoing.

For more information, contact:

Trena Reddick
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Fort Myers
(813) 878-7239 or 878-7300