MONTECITO HEIGHTS, Calif. — Two teenage boys were charged with murder Thursday in connection with the deaths of two girls whose slain bodies were found in a Montecito Heights, Calif. park last October, the Los Angeles District’s Attorney Office announced.
KTLA reports the boys have been identified as Dallas Stone Pineda, 17, also known as “Trippy,” and Jose Antonio Echeverria, 18, also known as “Klepto.”
The arrest and charges come more than three months after the slain bodies of 17-year-old Briana Nicole Gallegos and 19-year-old Gabriela Calzada were found near a hiking trail in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park on Oct. 28, 2015.
Authorities say the girls were both fully clothed and each sustained blunt -force trauma. It was determined that Gallegos and Calzada were killed on Oct. 27, and both had been shot, which caused “great bodily injury and death,” the criminal complaint stated.
Several people were detained for questioning in mid-November, but no one was arrested until now.
The mother of the 17-year-old boy told KTLA in an interview on Wednesday that her son had been questioned a week after the victims’ bodies were found. She said her son was initially ruled out as a suspect after he gave them a DNA sample.
On Tuesday, he was arrested when he got off the school bus, according to the mother. The mother also said her son was friends with both victims and dated Gallegos on and off for about two years.