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Police Link Man Found Shot In Car To Three Bodies Found In Burning SUV

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A man who was found shot dead in a car in Fontana is related to the deaths of three others who were found in a burning SUV in Orange, investigators say.

On November 9, the bodies of three men were discovered inside a burning SUV that was seen drifting down the 500 block of East Oakmont Avenue in Orange. Six days later, police say they found another body in the backseat of a car in Fontana, KTLA reports.

Police identified the victim as Joel Berrelleza, who had been reported missing on November 9. Berrelleza was the brother of one of the men found dead in the SUV, Edgar Berrelleza-Soto.

Court documents indicate that the three victims in the burning SUV—which included Antonio Medina and Fernando Meza in addition to Edgar Berrelleza-Soto—were shot and at least one of them was bound.

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Medina and Meza told friends in Arizona, where they both lived, that they were going to California and would be back that night, according to the Press Enterprise. Police found Medina and Meza's wallets with their Arizona licenses, as well as Berrelleza-Soto's wallet, which contained Mexican identification cards and $900. Berrelleza also asked a woman if she would drive his brother's car to Mexico earlier that morning.

Police are still still looking for multiple suspects, including the driver of the SUV who was seen jumping out of the SUV and into the backseat of a small black car.

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