Two Men Arrested On Suspicion Of Murdering UCLA Student
Police have arrested two men on suspicion of murdering UCLA student Andrea DelVesco, whose body was found last Monday after firefighters put out a blaze at her apartment.
Albert Medina, 22, and Eric Marquez, 22, were arrested on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, according to a release from the LAPD. Medina was arrested at his Fresno home, while Marquez was arrested at his apartment in Westwood. Both have been booked on suspicion of murder. Marquez is being held on a bail of $1 million, while Medina is being held without bail. Investigators say the pair were linked to DelVesco's death by forensic evidence and witness statements. It has not been revealed what the relationship was between the men and DelVesco.
Andrea Delvesco, a 21-year-old psychology and Spanish student at UCLA, was found dead last Monday morning in her apartment in the 10900 block of Roebling Avenue in Westwood after firefighters responded to a fire in the two-story apartment building. Reports later surfaced that Delvesco was facing drug charges for possession of Ecstasy, LSD, methamphetamine and Psilocybin (mushrooms).
Paul Huebl, a former Chicago Police Officer and private investigator told NBC LA that he believed that drug suppliers higher up in the chain of distribution were afraid she would identify them in court. "The motive is simply this: if she is silenced, she cannot testify against anyone else and put them in prison for more serious charges," Huebl said.
Anyone with information was asked to call Robbery-Homicide Division Detectives Frank Carrillo or James King at 213-486-6890.