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Interim Report of the Providence COunty Grand Jury (Reported September 25, 2013)

Please note: An indictment, information, or complaint is merely an allegation. The U.S. Constitution guarantees that a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Branden Castro, DOB: 4/6/92 aka "Joshua Morales" aka "Blaze" 49 Steuben Street Providence, RI P1-2013-2826AG

Luis Gonzales, DOB 9/23/90 aka "Fat Boy" 645 Douglas Ave. Providence, RI P1-2013-2826BG

Angel Valerio, DOB 9/6/94 aka "Yung Cyph" LKA Manton Ave. Providence, RI P1-2013-2826CG

Ricardo Vasquez, DOB: 4/6/93 1141 Elmwood Ave. Providence, RI P1-2013-2826DG

The Providence County Grand Jury reported out a secret indictment charging Branden Castro, Luis Gonzales, Angel Valerio, and Ricardo Vasquez with murder, and other charges, for the June 15, 2013 shooting in Providence that left 12-year old Aynis Vargas dead and injured three others.

The grand jury indicted the four defendants on one count of murder, two counts of conspiracy, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and four counts of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence.

A fifth individual, who was 17 years old at the time of the incident, was arrested yesterday, charged with one count of murder, two counts of conspiracy, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and four counts of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence.

It is alleged that on or about June 15, 2013, Castro, Gonzalez, Valerio, Vasquez, along with the juvenile co-conspirator, opened fire at a graduation party in the Hartford Park neighborhood of Providence, where bullets struck and killed Aynis Vargas and injured Vilma Tineo, Elaine Devargas, and Eugelyn Cabrera.

Providence Police arrested Castro and Vasquez in July for their involvement in the incident. The investigation continued leading to the subsequent indictment of Gonzalez and Valerio and the arrest of the juvenile co-conspirator.

The Providence Police conducted the investigation. Gonzalez and Valerio were arraigned in Providence County Superior Court today before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause. Both were held without bail. The juvenile co-conspirator was presented before a Family Court judge this morning and was remanded to the Rhode Island Training School.

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Department or agency: Office of the Attorney General: Grand Jury Reports

Online: http://www.riag.ri.gov/criminal/

Release date: 09-27-2013

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