Cops: Quadruple Homicide in Pa. Not Random

Police say they have no suspects after bodies of 4 men were found in Reading apartment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 30, 2018 12:05 AM CST
Cops: No Suspects in Pa. Quadruple Murder
Mourners embrace Monday after authorities say at least four people were shot to death the day before in Reading, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Police in the small Pennsylvania city of Reading haven't identified any suspects in a quadruple homicide that's believed to be among the deadliest shootings in the area in recent history, officials say. The victims, all men, were shot several times, and their bodies were found Sunday evening in the first-floor apartment of a row home, says James Marasco Jr., deputy chief of the Reading Police Department. The department doesn't believe the killings were random, he says. "We cannot remember any time in recent history when this many people were shot at one time," Marasco says. Reading has a population of about 88,000 people and is roughly 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Three of the victims have been identified: Jarlyn Lantigua-Tejada, 20; Juan Rodriguez, 23; and Joshua Santos, 20. The fourth man has not yet been named, though he's believed to be in his early 20s. Mourners gathered in front of the apartment around noon Monday. They lit white prayer candles near the doorway of the building and released white, star-shaped balloons as music played and police shuffled in and out of the home, the AP reports. It was the second quadruple shooting in the state on Sunday. In the western Pennsylvania community of Melcroft, a gunman killed four people and injured a fifth person at a car wash. Family members say the shooter was a jealous ex-boyfriend of one of the victims.

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