2 arrested on suspicion of Buena Park apartment shooting

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2 arrested on suspicion of Buena Park apartment shooting

BUENA PARK Two men have been charged with murder in connection to the fatal shooting of a man found in an apartment.

Frank Golob Avalos, 32, and Manuel Morales, 21, face felony counts of murder and discharge of a firearm causing death, according to a complaint filed last week in Orange County Superior Court.

Officers responding to multiple 911 calls about gunshots at The Palms Apartments in Buena Park in the early morning hours of March 15 discovered the body of Richard Salazar, 39, police said.

In the days after the killing, police released surveillance video of three people they suspected of being tied to the shooting. Authorities have not commented on a potential motive.

Buena Park police declined to release details about the arrests of Avalos and Morales.

Police had previously identified the third suspect as Ramona Acuna, 32, of Santa Ana. Acuna has not been charged, according to court records, and is not listed in the felony complaint prosecutors filed against Avalos and Morales.

Heidi del Bosque, Salazar's sister who lives in Los Angeles County, said on Friday that she is somewhat relieved that arrests have been made.

"It's still unsettling that there is still a person at large, and we don't have the pieces to the motive," she said.

She described her brother, known as Rocky, as a "big teddy bear."

"He was full of life and loved his family," she said. "He tried very hard to always do the right thing and somehow got caught up in this horrible situation.

"The following months and years to come are going to be hard," she said. "My family's hearts will break every time there is a court date or news about what happened to him.

"One thing I have learned from this is to never take family for granted, love them, listen to them, and tell them how you feel, because one day waited may be one day too late."

In addition to del Bosque, Salazar is survived by a 22-year-old daughter and a 17-year-old son, his mother, a niece, and two nephews.

Source: OC Register