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Joseph Ignacio Morrillo
|Joseph Ignacio Morrillo|
October 4, 1983 - October 27, 2007
|Joseph Morrillo was a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation. He was murdered on October 27, 2007,he just turned 24 two weeks earlier. Two men were arrested for the murder of my brother Joseph. They were charged with murder, drive by shooting, and 6 counts of endangerment. They were later cleared of the murder charge. They were recently sentenced (the stories are below) both received 15.75 years. ||The following is a portion of my letter to judge Howard Fell. Since we were family to the victim we had a right to submit letters called Victim Impact Statements. - Vivian Enos|
Joseph Ignacio Morrillo was a son, a brother, a nephew, a cousin, a friend and last but not least a proud father. There are many people who were blessed to have known my brother. Many will tell you that he had a sense of humor, a great personality, and he was a good friend that’s what many people liked that about him. They will also tell you how helpful he was always willing to lend a hand when you needed help with something. Joseph was many things to many people, but to me he was my baby brother who cared about and loved his family. At times Joseph would try to be an overprotective “big brother” to me when in reality I was his “big sister”. I will always love my brother Joseph I will miss him everyday.
Every holiday since Joseph’s passing is a painful reminder that he is gone. It hurts even more when his daughter is with us on those special occasions without her father. When I look at my niece’s face I see my brother. She will never get to know her father. She was as they say “the apple of his eye”. He constantly carried her around in his arms, I believe she was spoiled by him and now she may have no memory of him at all when she gets older. All we have left today is some pictures and stories that we will share with her. I wonder what goes on in her little mind about the absence of her father. Does she realize he is gone from her life forever? This means he will not be there to take her to her first day of school, to meet her first boyfriend, to attend her high graduation , or to give her away the day she gets married. This also saddens my heart and all I can do is pray for her, love her and keep her father’s memory alive.
November 9, 2007
Gang unit probing fatal shooting books man, predicts more arrests
Author: DALE QUINN, ARIZONA DAILY STAR
A Tucson man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with a fatal shooting late last month, an official said.
Marcos A. Felix, 20, was booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and drive-by shooting, said Officer Frank Amado, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.
Detectives expect to make more arrests in the case, Amado said. The gang unit is investigating because some of those involved in the homicide may have gang ties.
"The argument was a minor altercation with gang overtones that escalated into the shooting," Amado said.
Investigators won't release whether or not Felix fired the gunshot that killed Joseph I. Morrillo, Amado said, and the details that led to his arrest weren't immediately available.
The shooting occurred about 12:40 a.m. Oct. 27 near West Valencia Road and South 12th Avenue. Officers found Morrillo with gunshot wounds, lying in the back of a pickup truck at his home in the 700 block of West Calle Aragon.
The other occupants of the truck were with him when police arrived, Amado said.
Investigators learned that Morrillo and some friends were in the pickup at a convenience store near South Sixth Avenue and Valencia Road when they got into an argument with people in two other vehicles, Amado said.
The pickup, with Morrillo and others in the bed and a few in the cab, left the store's parking lot, Amado said. The two vehicles followed them and shots were fired, Amado said. The vehicles were described as a red sport utility vehicle missing its rear window and a passenger car.
Investigators are working to determine if more than one person fired at the pickup, Amado said. No one in the truck was armed, he said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.
* Contact reporter Dale Quinn at 629-9412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright 2007 The Arizona Daily Star
Driver in deadly Tucson driveby gets 15-year prison term
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 12.08.2008
The driver of a sports car involved in a fatal driveby shooting was sentenced Monday to 15.75 years in prison.
Pima County Superior Court Judge Howard Fell also sentenced Marcos Antonio Felix, 21, to six concurrent sentences of 3.75 years for endangerment.
Joseph Murrillo, 24, died in October 2007 after the pickup truck in which he was riding was fired upon on the city’s South Side.
Deputy Pima County Attorney Mark Diebolt told jurors the evidence showed Michael Arnold Garcia, 18, fired the fatal shot from a Chevrolet Camaro Felix was driving.
However, defense attorneys Natasha Wrae, Chris Kimminau and Nicki DiCampli cast aspersions on many of the state’s witnesses and attempted to prove the physical evidence didn’t match up with the state’s version of events.
The defense attorneys told jurors the fatal shot could have come from a third vehicle. They also said some witnesses reported seeing guns being fired from the vehicle Murrillo was in.
The jury acquitted both men of murder, but convicted them of the driveby shooting and endangerment charges.
Garcia will be sentenced next week.
Tucson man gets 15.75 years in fatal drive-by shooting
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 12.15.2008
The second of two men involved in a fatal drive-by shooting was sentenced Monday to 15.75 years in prison.
Michael Arnold Garcia, 18, was convicted of drive-by shooting and endangerment last month in Pima County Superior Court.
According to authorities, Joseph Murrillo, 24, died in October 2007 after the pickup truck in which he was riding was fired upon on the city's South Side.
Deputy Pima County Attorney Mark Diebolt told jurors the evidence showed Garcia fired the fatal shot from a Chevrolet Camaro Marcos Antonio Felix, 21, was driving.
One of the state's witnesses, Salvadore Parra, testified he and Murrillo were dancing outside a convenience store with some friends when they "threw" gang signs at men who were hanging out near a blue Camaro and a red sports utility vehicle.
Murrillo was killed a few minutes after they left the store in the pickup truck and seconds after he spotted the Camaro and the SUV, Parra said.
He didn't see a gunman because Murrillo had shouted for everyone in the bed of the truck to duck, Parra said.
Both men were charged with murder, but the jury acquitted them of murder and convicted them of drive-by shooting and endangerment.
Felix received the same sentence Garcia did.
Contact reporter Kim Smith at 573-4241 or email@example.com.
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