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California gangster wanted in 2002 abduction-murder of LA teen found dead in Mexico

October 19, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
California gangster wanted in 2002 abduction-murder of LA teen found dead in Mexico

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A man, who was identified as the fifth suspect in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old Brenda Sierra in East Los Angeles was discovered dead in Mexico, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Sierra was kidnapped back in October 2002 while going to school and was later discovered dead in the San Bernardino County area of Crestline.

After an investigation spanning years, five suspects were named, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office filed murder charges in 2015, The L.A. Daily News reported.

Three of the suspects were apprehended that year and are awaiting trial.

Brenda Sierra, 15, pictured above, was abducted on Oct. 18, 2002 and later found murdered in Crestline. The man named as the fifth suspect in her murder, George Barraza, 37, has died in Mexico.

Detectives learned that the fourth suspect had been killed in East Los Angeles one year after the teen was found dead.

The fifth suspect, George Barraza, 37, fled to Mexico, and investigators had been working on his extradition back to the U.S. to face trial for the death of Brenda Sierra while monitoring his activity.

Sheriff’s officials found that Barraza had been killed in September in the state of Sinaloa, and U.S. marshals verified his death.

“Due to suspect Barraza’s rumored reputation of being involved in gangs in the East Los Angeles and cartels in Mexico, witnesses may have hesitated to come forward,” a sheriff’s indicated.

“Detectives believe that additional individuals may have information related to this crime.”

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