Mother Killed After She Denies Man Romantic Access to Underage Daughter

My Fox Phoenix, April 2, 2013

Maricopa County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a murder that happened late Monday night near Powell and 2nd Street.

Authorities say an argument ensued after the suspect, 25-year-old Jose Zarate, went to 31-year-old Maria Saucedo’s home around 9:30 p.m.

Jose Zarate

Jose Zarate

When the two began fighting about Zarate wanting to have a romantic relationship with Saucedo’s 13-year-old daughter, he pulled out a rifle and shot her in the chest at close range–in the presence of the teen.

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“How awful this is that a mother loses her life in the process of defending her daughter’s honor,” said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

On Wednesday, deputies arrested Zarate.  He was found at his home.

Deputy Joaquin Enriquez stated, “Sheriff’s deputies say Zarate is a non-U.S. citizen who has been living in the country without proper authorization.”

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