A total of five suspects have been arrested in relation to the tragic murders of two Colorado Springs teenagers who were best friends and were found slain on the side of the road. Although details surrounding their murders are scarce, police have determined that at least one of the suspects has gang affiliations.
15-year-old Derek Greer and 16-year-old Natalie Partida were best friends who both studied at Coronado High School. A passerby near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain noticed their bodies in the shoulder of the road earlier this month, prompting the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to launch an investigation.
The first arrest made in the case was that of 19-year-old Gustavo Marquez, who had just been booked in February on a slew of charges related to a violent outburst directed at the mother of his child. He now faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of child abuse resulting in death for the slayings of Greer and Partida.
A week later, authorities announced four more arrests: 18-year-old Diego Chacon, 18-year-old Joseph Arthur Rodriquez, and 20-year-old Antonio Garcia-Bravo have all been charged with the same crimes as Marquez. 20-year-old Alexandra Marie Romero was also arrested and slapped with a charge of second-degree kidnapping.
Police have declined to release any details surrounding how the murders were carried out or what the killers’ motive might have been, pending further investigation. One of the suspects has gang tattoos that are clearly visible, while the immigration status of all five culprits has been called into question.