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Four children, their mother and her boyfriend were shot and killed in “one of the most violent incidents in recent Arizona history.”
When & Where: About 8:25 p.m. on June 24, 2005, at a home in the 2000 block of East La Mesa Street in Yuma.
Summary: Several people called 911 on June 24, 2005, to report shots fired and someone yelling for help at a Yuma home. Arriving officers found Luis Rios, 35, in the backyard shot multiple times.
Inside the home, police found Adrienne Heredia, 29, and her four children: Andreas Crawford, 13; Enrique Bedoya, 12; Inez Newman, 9; and Danny Heredia III, 6. Police said all were “cowardly murdered.”
Rios and Danny Heredia died of gunshots to the head. The other four victims died of asphyxiation.
Detectives immediately began looking for a man who reportedly was seen running from the home after police received calls about shots fired.
Witnesses say they saw a Hispanic male walking back into the house immediately after the shooting. A sketch of that person is still a big part of the investigation.
In the days after the murder, Rios was described as a good father, a good person and a fair businessman who turned around a liquor store he co-owned for two years. Luis and Adrienne had been together for about ten months, and had a good relationship according to friends.
The investigation took detectives into Mexico and as far away as California and Nevada. Hundreds of tips have been followed and more than 1,300 people have been interviewed. Police also collected more than 1,000 pieces of evidence.
Police now know that the victims had actually been held captive in the house for hours before the shots were heard in the neighborhood.
Cops found records of several phone calls made from to various people before the murder. There were no signs of forced entry, and detectives didn’t think family members were involved. Police have considered everything from custody battles to drugs to the possibility of a love triangle, but have no conclusive motive.
Sgt. Ron Rodriguez said calls still come in on a regular basis.
Police are now trying to re-contact some people who initially called in tips anonymously. They are specifically seeking more information about a white van seen the day of the murders and about an argument Rios might have had at his RC Liquor store prior to the murders.
Police also say the two people closest to Rios have refused to cooperate with investigators, and they want to know why. Those people could have the best information about Rios’ day-to-day activities.
“It’s going to take just that one piece of information to connect what we have,” Rodriguez said. “Somebody out there has that information.”
The FBI has offered a $25,000 reward.
The Yuma Police Department wants information on the following items:
Any information on a white van in the area of the murders, 2037 E. La Mesa, on the day of the murders, June 24th, 2005, in the afternoon or evening hours.
Any information in reference to a Suburban or utility truck in the area of the murders on the day of the murders.
The male caller who called in on 78-CRIME on June 25th, 2005, at 8:00 p.m. in reference to a white van, to include a license plate and the names of several subjects possibly involved, we would like to talk to you.
The caller who called in on 78-CRIME advising of Luis Rios being involved in any type of argument at RC Liquor prior to the murders, we would like to talk to you.
Anyone who has any information on Luis Rios having been involved in any argument prior to the murders.
Anyone who had contact with Luis Rios, Adrienne Heredia, Enrique Crawford, Andreas Crawford, Inez Newman or Danny Heredia on the day of the murders June 24th, 2005.
Anyone who saw or knew the whereabouts of the Blue Durango that was stolen from the residence and later located in the area of 6th Avenue and 21st Street.
Anyone who has information on why anyone close to this investigation is refusing to cooperate with us.
Anyone with information on the subjects seen on surveillance video from RC Liquor on the afternoon of the murders that was released earlier to the media.