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Mark Ysasaga, 15, murdered in Lubbock, TX - June 2012

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by SoSueMe, Jun 6, 2015.

  1. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    Arrest of POI on unrelated charges here. <--


    A person of interest in the homicide of Mark Ysasaga was arrested on unrelated charges Friday in Lubbock.

    Lubbock Police Department spokesman Lt. Ray Mendoza confirmed 19-year-old Christian Castro is a person of interest in the Ysasaga case.
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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Oh sad. :( I hadn't heard that they had found his body. Or, I guess, potentially his body.
    Never did think Mark ran away though. :(
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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    “We did the recovery Monday morning,” Natarajan said, “brought the unidentified remains here around 4:00 pm. And by the following day, we had discovered the cause of death, the manner of death, and before the day was over we had done the scientific identification.”

    Natarajan said the cause of death has been determined as a gunshot wound. It took less than 24 hours for the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause.
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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    The Lubbock County Medical Examiner determined Mark Ysasaga's skeletal remains were recovered from private land in South Lubbock County over the weekend.

    Ysasaga was originally classified as a runaway in June 2012, but was later changed to a missing person. After years of piecing together clues, a Crime Line tip led investigators to his remains in far South Lubbock.

    "It's a huge piece of the puzzle," Captain Roy Bassett with LPD said.

    The remains found last weekend near 120th Street and Avenue P was a positive match to 15-year-old Mark Ysasaga.

    "Which is something we certainly suspected all along," Captain Bassett said.

    Last month police charged a friend of Ysasaga, Jose Simental, 20, with the murder.

  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Has there been anything released about a motive? This is just so sad.
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  8. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, there is this below linked article that says the murder was over $$$$$$$$.
    It doesn't say how much or what for, so that may come out during trial.

    FWIW, this guy they arrested said to an acquaintance they always wondered if they could kill someone and get away with it. .............. It appears the answer is "NO!"


    PS, oh and this article was written prior to locating the victim's body. So they had enough evidence to file murder charges without a body. So much for the old saying, "No body, no case." fran

    Arrest Warrant Reveals How Police Found the Evidence to Solve Ysasaga Murder

    Ysasaga was 15 years old in June of 2012. He was seen in security footage obtained by investigators from the Wal-Mart at Marsha Sharp Freeway and Avenue Q. Police previously confirmed he left the store with friends and went to a home in the 3100 block of 27th Street.

    An arrest warrant said a search was done of the home in 2012, which was rented by Simental. The landlord told officers that the carpet and padding had been removed from one bedroom. Witnesses later told police Simental replaced the carpet.

    Police said Thursday that a more recent search was also done. Captain Jon Caspell said it is routine for investigators to revisit unsolved cases and this time “new evidence was discovered.”

    “This new evidence led us to a local residence,” Caspell said, “where a suspected crime scene and blood DNA evidence was found.”

    According to the arrest warrant, officers went back into the house and removed floorboards for a closer examination. Stains on the underside of the floorboards tested positive for blood.


  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    The Lubbock Police Department held a press conference to clear up allegations that surrounded the arrest of Castro.

    The police said Castro was a person of interest in Mark Ysasaga's murder case, but when he was arrested on June 5 for aggravated robbery and kidnapping, he was never officially booked into the Lubbock County jail. LPD said charges were dropped and Castro was released.

    Chief Jerry Brewer said an internal investigation revealed Castro's arrest report was deleted from LPD's system. Brewer said, as a result of that and other aspects of the case, two supervisors were reprimanded and Assistant Chief James Shavers was suspended without pay for 10 days.


    Mark went missing in June of 2012. His body was found in early June following a Crime Line tip. Although police have never officially admitted it, sources said and public records seemed to corroborate, police paid a person of interest in the murder case $10,000 for information leading to the location of the body. Some of that money came from Mark's family.

    Castro posted, among other things, a picture on Facebook of a large sum of money right after the Crime Line tip was paid. Later, on Facebook, Castro denied he killed Mark.

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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Am I reading this right?
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  12. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Cripes..... I don;t even know what to say.

    The poor family. As if it's not hard enough already.
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  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Records show assistant police chief over Ysasaga case demoted after return from 10-day suspension

    Former Assistant Police Chief James Shavers was demoted the day after coming back from a 10-day suspension, according to HR forms provided by the city of Lubbock.

    Shavers was suspended without pay from Aug. 19-28, according to documents provided to A-J Media through a FOIA request. The following day, Aug. 29, Shavers was removed from his appointment as assistant chief and returned to a captain.

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  14. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    I'm glad there were some consequences. Things like this though always make me wonder whether the punishment is a token, compared to what's really going on. I mean how many mistakes had to get made, before this guy started looking like the luckiest perp in the world.
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  15. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    This just makes me sick. Mark's poor family.
    Dirty, dirty cops.

    Documents Show Asst. Chief Negotiated the Deal to Give $10,000 to Castro in Ysasaga Murder Case

    The City of Lubbock on Monday released public records that were requested in mid-August concerning the discipline of former Assistant Police Chief James Shavers and his conduct in the Mark Ysasaga murder case.

    Castro was taken to the police department for questioning. In exchange for information on the location of Ysasaga’s body, he wanted the kidnapping and assault charges dropped. He also wanted a $10,000 Crime Line reward according to the documents released Monday.

    Shavers suspension order said, “Shavers negotiated the deal that consisted of the charges related to the June 4th home invasion being dropped and Mr. Castro being allowed to make a crime line call to ultimately receive a crime line record in exchange for the additional information.”

    On the night of June 5, Shavers, with Castro in the front seat of his police unit, drove to a remote area near 120th Street and Highway 87. Castro pointed out the location of the body; as promised, charges were dropped and the Crime Line money was handed over.

    Most of the $10,000 reward was raised by the Ysasaga family.

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  17. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I can't believe what I'm reading!
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  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    EXCLUSIVE: Mark Ysasaga's mother speaks for first time since body was found

    We are now hearing from Anna Ysasaga-Cuevas for the first time since authorities recovered her son's body.

    We asked Anna, when you heard about the Castro, Crime Line tip, what were you thinking?

    "I was upset because that money, I know that was for my son, to find him," she says. "But, it was the money that communities raised, and they didn't raise it to give to a person that's also involved with it. Or, a person of interest as they say. I'm glad that he told where my son's body was, but I'm not happy of what the outcome of it was."

    "I want every single person that was involved, arrested," she says. "Even if you didn't actually kill my son, but if you were there to clean up his blood or help dispose of his body, dig the hole, anything… I want that person arrested and put away."

    She says she won't fully find closure until Mark's funeral and unfortunately, this grieving mother doesn't know when that will be, because authorities still have custody of Mark's body.

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  19. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    What a nightmare.
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  20. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Simental Gets 7 Years, Murder Charge Dropped in Ysasaga Case

    Jose Simental, 21, of Lubbock pleaded guilty on Thursday to tampering with evidence in the Mark Ysasaga murder case. He agreed to seven years in prison.

    In exchange for his plea, the murder charge was dropped.

    Castro was never charged with anything related to the death of Ysasaga even though he led police to the body. Right after the body was found, unrelated charges of kidnapping and aggravated robbery were dismissed. Castro has been re-arrested for domestic violence and threatening the wife of a Lubbock Police Officer.

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