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A man wanted in connection with the July fatal shooting of 21-year-old Martin Rojas in Gilroy was arrested Monday at the Mexican border, Gilroy police said today. Fernando Minero, 24, of Gilroy, was arrested by the Department of Homeland Security at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego County on suspicion of killing Rojas, also a Gilroy resident, on July 22, police said. On July 22, Rojas turned up at Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy around 8:30 p.m. suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The friend who drove him to the hospital was interviewed by police, and the investigation led authorities to an apartment at 9365 Monterey Road in Gilroy, where a SWAT team served a search warrant, police said. Police named Minero as the key suspect on Aug. 27, and said that Minero had been “actively avoiding police” since the crime occurred. Minero will be extradited to Santa Clara County to face charges.
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