Victim: Ricardo Quezada Jr

Illegal Alien Murders 3 Children, Beheads One, Nearly Decapitates Two

Perpetrator: Policarpio Espinoza

Crime Description:

On May 27,  2004 Ricardo Solis Quezada Jr., 9, and his sister, Lucero Solis Quezada,9, cousin Alexis Espejo Quezada, 10, were killed in their Baltimore apartment after returning home from school. 

One child was beheaded and the two other were nearly decapitated.  They also suffered a variety of injuries before dying, including blunt force trauma and asphyxiation.   Two male relatives of the children were arrested and charged with the crimes, Policarpio Espinoza, 22, brother of the father of the two siblings, and Espinoza's cousin Adan Espinoza Canela, 17.  The accused are illegal aliens from Mexico as are the parents of the murdered children.   

WBAL-TV 11 News reporter John Sherman reported"They were hardly more than babies ... they were slaughtered, butchered. ... They were all beaten over the head first. ...We found a bloody baseball bat behind the building with all three children's blood on it," Holbeck said.

"All of them fought for their little lives. They have defense wounds on their hands, but they lost," Holbeck said.  Sherman said the prosecutors delivered a recurring theme to "follow the trail of blood" that they said leads to the defendants' jeans, car and home -- covered in all three children's blood. The two suspects, who are in the country illegally from Mexico, were arrested May 28, the day after the killings.  

Each was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of conspiracy to commit murder and three counts of using a deadly weapon.  The children's mothers, Noemi Quezada and Andrea Espejo Quezada, also were in the country illegally from Mexico.  Officials found a butcher knife near the crime scene, a bloodstained towel and shirt at the home of the two suspects, and a bloody glove in the car, according to charging documents. DNA tests linked the two men with the crimes.   Both perpetrators were latter convicted and face life in prison.  A motive was never determined.


1JUN04, 5, NBC 5, Dallas/Fort Worth

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