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Modesto Police Department
Thursday September 22nd, 2016 :: 04:39 p.m. PDT


Two arrested for the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old girl

<p><strong><em>NEWS RELEASE</em></strong></p>

<p><em>Release Date: September 22, 2016&nbsp; </em></p>

<p><strong>Modesto Police Department</strong></p>

<p>Media Relations Unit &nbsp;</p>

<p>Office of the Chief of Police</p>

<p>600 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354</p>

<p>Author: Heather Graves</p>

<p><strong>Modesto, CA </strong>&ndash; During the service of multiple search warrants, detectives located and arrested two suspects believed to be responsible for the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Brisa Covarrubias.&nbsp;</p>

<p>The two suspects, identified as 19-year-old Emilio Silva of Modesto and 24-year-old Juan Carlos Cruz of Empire, were taken into custody at Empire residences without incident.&nbsp; They were booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for murder.&nbsp; Loaded firearms and ammunition were also recovered during the search warrant service.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

<p>On May 30, 2016 at about 12:20 a.m., officers responded to several 9-1-1 calls of a shooting in the 1600 block of Pelton Avenue in south Modesto.&nbsp; Once on scene, emergency personnel found a 13-year-old Brisa Covarrubias who had been shot.&nbsp; She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Another victim, a 15-years-old boy, was also struck by gunfire and was transported by family to an area hospital where he is listed in stable condition.</p>

<p>The early investigation indicates the two teens were in front of their residence when a vehicle pulled up.&nbsp; After a short conversation between the passenger and male victim, the passenger pulled out a gun and fired several times striking both victims.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Detectives are actively investigating the details leading up to the shooting and ask anyone with information to contact Detective Pouv at (209) 572-9826 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. &nbsp;Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. &nbsp;Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637.&nbsp; Just type &ldquo;TIP704&rdquo; along with your message.</p>

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Modesto Police Department
600 10th St
Modesto, CA 95354

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Non-emergencies: 209-572-9500

Heather Graves
Media Relations Unit

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