Riverside County

Man Identified in Execution-Style Slayings of 3 at Riverside County Cemetery

The three men found Monday at Perris Valley Cemetery were identified earlier this week

Man with goatee pictured in mug shot
Riverside County Sheriff's Departmnet

The suspect in what authorities described as execution-style killings of three people whose bodies were found in a Perris cemetery has been identified.

Jose Luis Torres Garcia, 33, is being sought in connection with the killings after authorities made a grim discovery of the bodies of three men at a Perris cemetery earlier this week, officials said.

He is believed to be driving a dark blue 2001 GMC Yukon SUV, with the license plate 4PDH363, but he is also known to ride a motorcycle street bike, possibly a green Kawasaki, officials said at a Thursday afternoon news conference.

Hundreds of Perris residents expressed their concerns over an alarming spike in violence. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.

No arrests have been reported.

The three men found Monday at Perris Valley Cemetery were identified as residents of Perris: Jaime Covarrubias Espindola, 50; Jose Maria Aguilar-Espejel, 38; and Rodrigo Aguilar-Espejel, 28.

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco labeled the deaths homicides at a news conference earlier this week. He added that authorities are looking into possible drug cartel or gang connections.

Authorities said the murders were meant to send a message, but could not confirm further details due to the early nature of the investigation. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2020.

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"Three people killed at the same time, that was a message for something, whether it was for someone else or whether it was to them, three people being killed in a cemetery is not the norm," Bianco said.

Investigators have not provided details about how the men died.

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