4th Anniversary of La Mesa Murders

4th Anniversary of La Mesa Murders

Adrienne Heredia, 29, and her four children Andreas Crawford, 13; Enrique Crawford, 12; Inez Newman, 9; and Danny Heredia, 6 Adrienne Heredia, 29, and her four children Andreas Crawford, 13; Enrique Crawford, 12; Inez Newman, 9; and Danny Heredia, 6
Luis Rios Luis Rios
Suspect Sketch Suspect Sketch
Crime scene photo of 2037 E La Mesa Street Crime scene photo of 2037 E La Mesa Street

Yuma, AZ June 24 -- Wednesday is the fourth anniversary of one of Yuma's most infamous crimes.  On the night of June 24th, 2005, police received a call of shots fired on La Mesa Street.  Officers discovered the bodies of 35-year-old Luis Rios, his girlfriend 29-year-old Adrienne Heredia, and her four children 13-year-old Andreas, 12-year-old Enrique, 9-year-old Inez, and 6-year-old Danny.

Years have passed, but investigators still call this an active case.

"Well we still get phone calls in. We still have interviews we are conducting on a regular basis. I still have a team of detectives that is dedicated to this case," says Sgt. Ron Rodriguez.

In November of 2007, investigators gained new momentum in solving the La Mesa Street murder case.  That's when police found local doctor, Satinder Gill, murdered inside his own home.  Police developed a theory in which the same man, Preston Strong, is a suspect in both the La Mesa murders and the Gill murder.

Strong was quickly indicted in the Satinder Gill murder case as he sat in jail on unrelated charges.  Yuma County Attorney Jon Smith says the Gill case is deep in the discovery stage.

"It was an eight count complaint that was filed ranging from first degree murder to kidnapping to attempted arson and aggravated assault," says Smith.

Strong has yet to be charged in the La Mesa Street murders.

Investigators will not discuss the factors linking Preston Strong to the six murders on La Mesa Street.  Rodriguez tells KSWT that if Strong was at that home back in June of 2005, he may not have acted alone.

"We think there may have been multiple subjects involved, but I think until we get some further answers, then there's really no way to tell how many."

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 Click here for more background information on the case from the Yuma Police Department.

On June 24th, 2005 at approximately 8:25 p.m., the Yuma Police Department responded to 2037 E. La Mesa Street in reference to shots fired and someone yelling for help.  When police got to the scene the found Luis Rios, 35, in his backyard.  He had been shot several times.  He dies later at the hospital.

When officers went into the home they found Adrienne Heredia, 29, and her four children Andreas Crawford, 13; Enrique Crawford, 12; Inez Newman, 9; and Danny Heredia, 6; all dead.

Witnesses say the saw a Hispanic male walking back into the house immediately after the shooting.  A sketch that person is still a big part of the investigation.

The Yuma Police Department wants information on the following items: 

  • Any information on a white van in the area of the murders, 2037 E. La Mesa, on the day of the murders, June 24th, 2005, in the afternoon or evening hours.
  • Any information in reference to a Suburban or utility truck in the area of the murders on the day of the murders.
  • The male caller who called in on 78-CRIME on June 25th, 2005, at 8:00 p.m. in reference to a white van, to include a license plate and the names of several subjects possibly involved, we would like to talk to you.
  • The caller who called in on 78-CRIME advising of Luis Rios being involved in any type of argument at RC Liquor prior to the murders, we would like to talk to you.
  • Anyone who has any information on Luis Rios having been involved in any argument prior to the murders.
  • Anyone who had contact with Luis Rios, Adrienne Heredia, Enrique Crawford, Andreas Crawford, Inez Newman or Danny Heredia on the day of the murders June 24th, 2005.
  • Anyone who saw or knew the whereabouts of the Blue Durango that was stolen from the residence and later located in the area of 6th Avenue and 21st Street.
  • Anyone who has information on why anyone close to this investigation is refusing to cooperate with us.
  • Anyone with information on the subjects seen on surveillance video from RC Liquor on the afternoon of the murders that was released earlier to the media.

You can call 928-343-4704 to speak with the detectives.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has offered a $25,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for these murders. There is also a $10,000 reward through 78-CRIME.

La Mesa Murder Investigation Unit

Sergeant Ron Rodriguez
Detective Clay Pouquette
Detective Esmundo Tejeda
928-373-4704
1500 S 1st Avenue
Yuma, Arizona 85364
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