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Third suspect in Brexialee Torres-Ortiz murder in Syracuse custody

Ashley Kang
Syracuse Chief of Police Joe Cecile stands at a podium as he announces the arrest of three individuals in connection to the murder of Brexialee Torres-Ortiz. January 26, 2023.

A third suspect in Brexialee Torres-Ortiz’s murder is now in police custody.

A 16-year-old was arrested Thursday in a town about an hour north of New York City. Authorities announced the arrest of the two other suspects earlier that day.

Syracuse police say the three were part of a drive by shooting that killed 11-year-old Torres-Ortiz earlier this month.

They are charged with second degree murder and second degree possession of a weapon. The three suspects are also facing a second-degree attempted murder charge for wounding a 19-year-old believed to be the target of the shooting.

Police say the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Syracuse Police at (315) 442-5222.

Tarryn Mento is an award-winning digital, audio and video journalist with experience reporting from Arizona, Southern California, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. Tarryn produces in-depth and investigative content for WAER while overseeing the station's student reporter experience. She is also an adjunct professor at Syracuse University.