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Suspect in shooting deaths of Chicago couple at Puerto Rican Day Parade caught in California

Chicago police have arrested a suspect in the murder of a couple who were shot following a minor traffic accident after they’d been celebrating the city’s Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade last month.

Yasmin Perez and Gyo Arzuaga were shot at about 9:15 p.m. on June 9, hours after the parade ended, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Arzuaga was shot in the head and died at the scene; Perez was beaten and shot in the neck and died several days later.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Anthony Lornezi was arrested Friday night in San Diego, California, and charged with first degree murder, NBC Chicago reported.

Brown said Lornezi has 26 felony arrests with seven convictions.

The confrontation that ended with the couple’s deaths was captured in a gruesome video that was shared widely on social media. It shows a group of people surrounding the couple’s car, which is flying a Puerto Rican flag. The people appear to be dragging the couple out of the car. Arzuaga seems to be trying to protect his wife before a man in a white T-shirt and white shorts fires several shots. At least one of the gunshots hits Arzuaga in the back of the head.

The couple leaves behind two children.

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[Featured image: Yasmin Perez and Gyovanny Arzuaga/Facebook]