Double murder suspect charged with two counts of 1st degree murder

Double murder suspect charged with two counts of 1st degree murder

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Prosecutors charged Yakima's double murder suspect, 19-year-old Lameiro Flores, with two counts of premeditated 1st degree murder. Police said Flores was swimming with his friends Monday near 16th Avenue and Highway 12 before killing two documented gang members with a .45 caliber handgun.

Flores told police he shot the two victims, 17-year-old Jose Avilez and 18-year-old Jobany Martinez, because he claimed they had assaulted him in the past and feared they would do it again.

Court documents revealed that Flores told police he brought a .45 caliber gun to the river with him because he had a "gut feeling."

Flores saw the two victims who told him "catch you later," according to the documents. He told detectives he took that as a threat.

Flores also told investigators that he shot Avilez once, walked up to him and then shot him in the head. He told them he then turned and shot Martinez in the head and he would have shot a third man but he ran away.

A judge set bail for Flores at $2 million earlier this week.

Connected to another murder?

Yakima's latest two homicides may have a connection to the murder of a 43-year-old man earlier this year, according to police.

Police confirmed that the two victims killed at the Greenway, Avilez and Martinez, 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 said he was not the intended target of that shooting.

Before the shooting, police said 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 said there wasn't enough evidence to charge Avilez and Martinez with a role in the shooting of Silva.