Police: Possible connection between Yakima's last 3 murders

Police: Possible connection between Yakima's last 3 murders »Play Video
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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima police indicate there’s a connection between Monday’s double murder at the Greenway and the murder of a 43-year-old Yakima man in June.

Police confirmed to Action News that the two victims killed at the Greenway, Jose Avilez, 17, (street name “Sicko”) and Jobany Martinez, 18, (street name “Demon”), were about to be charged with malicious mischief for criminal activity before the murder of David Silva on June 25th.

Silva was shot to death while sitting on his front porch. His 23-year-old son was hit in the arm and his 19-year-old daughter was shot in the face. Both survived. Police say his daughter, Monica Silva, was the intended target of that shooting.

Before the shooting, police say a group of people threw rocks at the Silva family home on Cherry Avenue. Investigators say Avilez and Martinez were among those throwing rocks and would have been charged with malicious mischief for that.

Following their deaths, Yakima Police tell KIMA there wasn't enough evidence to charge Avilez and Martinez with a role in the shooting of Silva.

Detectives confirm they are investigating whether the Greenway shooting was retaliation for Silva’s murder.  It’s not immediately known if the Greenway suspect, Lameiro Flores, has a connection to the Silva family.

Police say Flores was swimming with his friends Monday near 16th Avenue before killing Avilez and Martinez with a .45 caliber handgun.

Police say Flores was not a gang member and has no prior criminal history. A judge set bail for Flores at $2 million Tuesday.

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