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5 Arrested In Connection to Halloween Hit and Run Deaths of 3 Teens

November 3, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Police have made multiple arrests in connection with the tragic Halloween hit-and-run deaths of three teenage girls who were out trick-or-treating in a Los Angeles suburb.

Santa Ana police said the arrests were made Sunday morning. They didn’t provide any further details ahead of a news conference scheduled for Monday.

Police say 13-year-old twin sisters and a 13-year-old friend were struck and killed Friday night in a Santa Ana crosswalk after they went out trick-or-treating.

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A damaged black Honda SUV believed to be the vehicle driven by the suspects was found a short distance from where the collision occurred.

A witness told the Los Angeles Times the girls were wearing costumes with black leggings and dark clothing when they were hit in a crosswalk near an elementary school about 6:45 p.m. Friday.

Two of girls were believed to have been immediately killed, and a third died as paramedics prepared to take her to a hospital, Orange County fire Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

The twin sisters were identified as Lexi and Lexandra Perez, and the third victim was Andrea Gonzalez, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

Sharon Stewart, who works at a nearby barber shop, told the Times that she was eating outside when she heard what sounded like a terrible crash and screaming.

She said she turned around and saw a car leaving and people yelling, so she got in her car and followed.

Stewart said she saw a young man run from the scene and heard him yelling at what she thought was another male believed to be his companion.

Maria Ramirez, 14, who lives about a half block from where the hit-and-run occurred and attended middle school with the twins was in shock upon hearing news of the tragic incident, “I can’t believe it happened,” Ramirez said of the deaths of her friends, while she gathered late Friday night on the sidewalk with dozens of onlookers. “They were fun, good girls.”

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