On April 1, an illegal immigrant was arrested for shooting and killing a mother after she denied the man a romantic relationship with her teenage daughter. The slaying took place in Aguila, Arizona.
According to police, after showing up at the house of 31-year-old Maria Saucedo in pursuit of her 13-year-old daughter, 25-year-old Jose Zarate pulled out a rifle and shot Saucedo in the chest in front of her daughter. Deputies attempted to perform CPR on the victim who died at the scene.
According to the sheriff's office, "Sometime around 9:30pm on April 1, 2013, Zarate went to the home of Saucedo and her 13-year-old daughter to allegedly express an interest in pursuing a romantic relationship with the underage teen.
During the confrontation, the mother denied his request, and that's when investigators say Zarate took out a rifle and shot the victim in the chest at close range in the presence of the 13 year old." Zarate was disarmed by a witness and fled on foot.
"How awful this is that a mother loses her life in the process of defending her daughter's honor," Sheriff Joe Arpaio stated.
Arpaio's deputies caught and arrested Zarate on April 3 at his home where he returned after fleeing the scene. They verified Zarate is a non-U.S. citizen who has been living in the country without proper authorization. He has been booked into jail on 2nd Degree Murder, 2 counts of Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Weapon by a Prohibited Person.