A man who was deported from the U.S. to Mexico last year has been accused of murdering a young Washington woman and her son.
Prudencio Fragos-Ramirez, who entered the U.S. illegally, reportedly shot and burned 18-year-old Maria Cruiz-Calvillo and her 3-year-old son, Luis Lopez-Cruz. Their bodies were discovered July 2, in a remote area near Pasco, Washington, The Daily Caller reported.
Fragos-Ramirez, 25, was arraigned for the murders on July 6 in Washington's Franklin County Superior Court. He is being held on $1 million bail and faces two counts of first-degree murder.
Fragos-Ramirez was dating Cruiz-Calvillo before the murder, according to prosecutors. The family of the victims believes the two were killed due to Fragos Ramirez's jealousy, Inquisitr reports.
“(The family) thinks she never wanted a serious relationship with him,” said Karen Rodriguez, a sister-in-law of Cruiz-Calvillo who spoke for the family. “It’s jealousy.”
According to Rodriquez, Cruiz-Calvillo referred to Fragos-Ramirez by the nickname “Loco,” which means crazy in Spanish, the Tri-City Herald reported.
Cruiz-Calvillo and her son were found dead 30 minutes after they were last seen driving away with Fragos-Ramirez from his home, according to court documents. The bodies of the mother and child were found inside the car by firefighters and police in a ravine near an intersection, according to the Tri-City Herald.
The car had been set on fire and each victim had gunshot wounds. According to Franklin County coroner Dan Blasdel, the child was likely to have still been alive when the car went up in flames.
“She was a really good person. She was always smiling,” Rodriguez said of Cruiz-Calvillo. “(Lopez-Cruz) was a happy kid. He was really playful and loved to be outside.”
Several hours into the investigation, Fragos-Ramirez was arrested about a mile away from the scene of the crime. He gave police conflicting accounts and claimed to be innocent, according to The Daily Caller.
Fragos-Ramirez illegally re-entered the country after being deported in 2014, and had several prior charges, including a charge for DUI, according to the Tri-City Herald.
Fragos-Ramirez faces possible charges of aggravated first-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence in prison if convicted.