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Warrants issued for two teens in West End Tacoma homicide

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm with 14 Comments »
May 12, 2010 5:36 pm
Juan Ortiz/Courtesy of TPD

Pierce County prosecutors have charged two teenagers with first-degree murder in connection with a deadly shooting overnight inside a West End home.

Warrants were issued today for the arrests of Juan Ortiz, 18, and Naitaalii J. Toleafoa, 15. Tacoma police ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of the two to call 911 or Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959. Callers may remain anonymous.

Officers were responded to a shooting inside a home in the 3300 block of North Visscher Street just after midnight. They found a 26-year-old man dead and another 25-year-old injured. The dead man, identified as Juan Zuniga-Gonzalez of Tacoma, sustained multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Paramedics took the surviving victim to St. Joseph Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Charging documents indicate he is paralyzed from his gunshot injury.

Naitaalii J Toleafoa/Courtesy of TPD

A witness reported that the homicide victim lived at the house. On Tuesday night, the victim learned that Ortiz and Toleafoa were going to be stopping by to pay him some money he was owed, charging documents state.

The two arrived on foot just after midnight and were allowed inside. Several people inside the house went into an attached garage.

Within seconds, the witness reported hearing four to five gunshots. Ortiz and Toleafoa then left the house, charging documents state.

The witness picked Ortiz and Toleafoa out of photo montages.

Witnesses reported that the two suspects went to the North Visscher Street home about three weeks ago.  They were looking for the man killed early Wednesday but he was not home at the time.

Charging documents indicate Toleafoa might have stole marijuana and a week later  the homicide victim and two suspects got into a fight.

The investigation was continuing.

Ortiz is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 7 and 140 pounds. Toleafoa is Hispanic, 6 feet 1 and 180 pounds.

Leave a comment Comments → 14
  1. tacomaguy30 says:

    North Tacoma. It ain’t what it used to be.

  2. ryanumber1 says:

    Neither here nor there, but clearly the younger suspect is *not* predominately Hispanic with those facial features and that name… he is likely Samoan or other pacific islander.

  3. wonderwhy85 says:

    ryanumber1..I was thinking the same thing. That name is Pacific Islander. Either way, he is only 15, hanging out with an 18 year old. His life is over. What a shame. Although if what the paper says is true that, this kid stole marijuana, meaning the victim was no angel, I still feel sorry for his family, they have lost a loved one.

  4. pungentsound says:

    Marijuana again, legalize it and get the and end this BS. Meth is there forte.

  5. tacomagirl4567 says:

    race isnt a matter , shooting & killing whats happening now days !!

  6. bummed1 says:

    Two prime candidates for a free full lobotomy…..

  7. Tacoma_Born says:

    Yeah, they seem to use “Hispanic” as a catch-all category…it provides the commenters with a shortcut for their racial profiling too.

  8. Alaska47 says:

    There are so many fools making the news for senseless crime that it seems almost unbelievable.An 18 year old lawbreaker should not be hanging out with a 15 year old.These two must think that robbing someone for marijuana is worth 20 years in jail.It isn`t.If anyone is reading this that thinks that his or her illegal acts,dishonesty,or chemical dependancy is okay-it isn`t.This is the end result.It isn`t too late to change your life.Becoming famous for getting caught might make you a hotshot with some people(losers),but a true friend will stop you before you do something that can send you to jail or prison .If your friends encourage you to do something illegal,it is time to get new friends.What a stupid waste.

  9. decomposing1 says:

    Were is your papers homey.

  10. hawkfan23 says:

    Onetuffgrandma: YOU ARE IGNORANT! Beans and Bananas? Let’s talk about your culture or ethnicities history! What did they eat? What did they do? Where they cave men? Just be QUIET! So many racists come out in Washington and TACOMA when something happens by a minority it’s DISGUSTING. Someone is dead and that’s all you can talk about. Very sad. You’ll get yours in the end.

  11. northend22 says:

    the 15 year old will be out by the time he is 21

  12. Hes not hispanic dats my brother AND HES PACIFIC ISLANDERR PPL GET YUR NEWSS STRAIGHTT.&& Love yu NAITAA:)

  13. PRiNC3SSiNBLU3 says:

    if yu only were on the inside and only really knew what was goin on…welcome to the world of gangbanging…you dont want to put your family through that then dont get involved….i feel for his family&&his kids but i really dont feel for him. he got himself into all of this.

  14. tacomagirl4567 says:

    my youngest neice grew up the 15 year old ; its not that there bad kids they just grow up && hang out with the wrong ppl .

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