Two more suspects arrested in Odessa murder


ODESSA,Texas (Big 2/ Fox 24) – Odessa police have identified the victim of last weekend’s shooting as 31 year-old Crystal Araiza.

On Dec.6th Odessa Police responded to a disturbance on the 500 block of Lauderdale Ave. where they found Araiza shot in the face. Police later arrested Damien Smith who they said shot Araiza.

“The investigation revealed that the victim owed Damien Smith some money,” said Cpl. Steve LeSueuer, of the Odessa Police Department. “Further investigation revealed that he shot and killed her and fled the scene before police arrived.”

Police arrested two more people Tuesday night in connection to this murder. Haley Staggs and Jennifer Portillo have both been charged with murder. They’re currently in custody in Texarkana.

Neighbors who live on Laurderdale Ave, said something like this has never happened on their street and they’ll be keeping a closer eye on their neighborhood from now on.

This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone who has more information on the murder is asked to call Odessa Police or Odessa Crime Stoppers.

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