California suspects arrested for shooting dead religious student near Berkeley campus

Three people have been arrested and charged with the death of a California student of religion who was shot dead while three of his family members were injured.

Berkeley police said Andy Gutierrez-Rebollo, 24, and Michael Monroy-Ramos, 23, were taken into custody on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. Monroy’s sister, Jessyca Monroy, 31, was also arrested on charges of complicity, Fox San Francisco reported.

The trio are being charged in connection with the death of Isamaeli Eli Mataafa on Oct. 8 near the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Mataafa, 29, a student at the nearby Pacific School of Religion, was with three family members, all in their 20s, who were injured in the shooting.

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Police said the four men were walking back to their vehicle just after 1 a.m. after a night out when they were approached by two suspects. The suspects started fighting and both drew their guns and shot all four men, police said.

Investigators have identified Gutierrez-Rebollo and Monroy-Ramos as suspects after speaking with witnesses and reviewing security footage in the area.

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All three suspects were arrested Tuesday with help from the US Marshals Service in Oakland and Union City. During the removal, investigators are said to have found several ghost guns and others that were being made.

Mataada began the PSR Master of Divinity program in 2020 with a presidential scholarship, the school said in a statement.

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“Eli embodied everything that our PSR family holds dear. He was a person of deep personal faith and was a leader and mentor in his community with a desire to create a world where everyone can thrive. He had much more to do. before he was taken from Today and in the days to come, our prayers go out to the family of Eli Mata’afa – no parent should suffer the loss of a child, especially not from gun violence,” said PSR President Rev. David Vasquez-Levy.

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