Reyna Aguirre-Alonso: Man, woman arrested in slaying of N. Phila murder witness

Eliana Vazquez, 19.

Police have arrested a man and a woman in the slaying of a North Philadelphia store clerk last week.

Raymond Soto, 20, of the 800 block East Hilton Street, and Eliana Vazquez, 19, of the 3200 block of Kip Street, were taken into custody for the killing of Reyna Aguirre-Alonso, 29. The woman was executed at Caribe Mini Market on the 3300 block of Mutter Street last Monday.

Soto is charged with murder, criminal conspiracy and related offenses. Vazquez is charged with conspiracy and related offenses.

Soto was on probation at the time – he was sentenced to 24 months’ probation Jan. 3 for manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver drugs and conspiracy after being arrested October 4, 2011.

Soto was believed to be an associate of Jorge Aldea, 23, who was arrested Friday for the November 25, 2011 homicide of Louis Chevere at Mutter and Westmoreland streets, according to a report from the Inquirer. Aguirre-Alonso told friends that she had witnessed the murder and was reportedly cooperating with police to identify the alleged shooter shortly before she was killed.

Neighbors said that Aldea was part of a crew who allegedly dealt drugs on the 3300 block of Mascher Street. He was sentenced to six months of probation in September of 2010 after pleading nolo contendre to drug possession and given six months’ probation in December of 2010 for escape. He was out on bail for firearms violations after posting $2,000 Jan. 11 and has a long rap sheet that includes drug charges.


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