Two men brutally murdered in the south

By Michelle Sutherland


Two men were brutally murdered in separate incidents in the Stan Creek district this past weekend.


The first murder is believed to have happened sometime between late Friday night and early Saturday morning, when police discovered the badly beaten body of 55-year-old Roberto DeLeon at approximately 1:25 a.m on Saturday, March 25.


Investigators say that DeLeon’s body was discovered on an un-named street in Santa Cruz village. He was found laying just outside his vehicle, which was parked beside a football field.


He appeared to have been beaten to death and robbed. Reports are that around 4:00 p.m. DeLeon left home en route to deliver oranges in Pomona. He departed the factory at 9:40 p.m. and was on his way home when he was attacked and killed by a group of young men. Police say that they have since detained seven persons pending investigation.


In the second incident, police came across the body of 23-year-old Ostin Zavala at Los Amigos Bar in Santa Cruz village at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. Zavala was reportedly involved in a heated confrontation with a man who was attacking the owner of the establishment. Zavala tried to intervene and was fatally stabbed once to the chest in the process.


Police have one person in custody pending investigation. Zavala was the eigth murder victim this past weekend which was especially violent.


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