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Authorities investigating possible connection between Mabelvale, Little Rock homicides

Little Rock police say Amanda Murillo, 32, and a 15-year-old Hispanic female were found dead in a vehicle at a mobile home park. (KATV Photo)

Saline County authorities are working with Little Rock police on a possible connection between a Mabelvale homicide and a double homicide in Little Rock, along with a separate suicide.

The Saline County Sheriff's Office tells Channel 7 the male victim found with a fatal gunshot wound in a Mabelvale driveway Saturday night has been identified. However, authorities aren't releasing his identity because of his age.

Earlier Tuesday, Little Rock police released more information about the two people found dead in a blue SUV at a mobile home park on Chicot Road early Monday morning. Authorities say the victims were identified as Amanda Murillo, 32, and a 15-year-old Hispanic female, whose name has not been released. The coroner determined both females were killed from gunshot wounds.

Little Rock police also reported a suicide in the 11000 block of Chicot Road on Sunday.

While the connection between the deaths is unclear, Saline County authorities say the investigation is in its early stages.

According to Murillo’s cousin, Courtney Welton, the two homicides and suicide are related incidents. Welton tells Channel 7, Murillo had recently moved to Arkansas from Nebraska to be with her boyfriend, who who she believes was Castillo.

"I'm pretty sure it was the suicide in the trailer court that did it. I know my cousin wasn't a bad person and if she was down there it would be because of him. She was a good mother and a good person," said Welton.

Police also state they believe the person responsible for the Chicot Road double homicide is no longer a threat.

The property manager of a mobile home park has confirmed that both homicide victims and Castillo did not live in the trailer park.


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