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Aurora quadruple homicide suspect back in Colorado

Joseph Castorena, 21, was arrested in Mexico and extradited to Arizona before he was brought back to Colorado on March 12.

AURORA, Colo. — A man accused of shooting and killing four people in Aurora last fall returned to Colorado on Sunday after waiving extradition during a hearing in Arizona last week.

Joseph Castorena, 21, is now being held at the Arapahoe County Detention Facility in Centennial. 

After spending weeks on the run, Castorena was arrested Dec. 10 in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes with assistance from the FBI, local police, Mexican immigration and the Mexican government. 

He was wanted in connection with the deadly shooting Oct. 30 in the 900 block of Geneva Street in Aurora. The victims were identified as:

  • Jesus Serrano, 51
  • Maria Anita Serrano, 22
  • Kenneth Eugene Green Luque, 20
  • Rudolfo Salgado Perez, 49

Three of the victims are relatives of Castorena's ex. The other victim rented an RV on the property and was killed when he came out in the midst of the shooting.

Following the shooting, police said investigators developed information that Castorena was in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. They monitored his movements south through the country with the help of federal and Mexican authorities until his arrest.

Last week, prosecutors filed new charges against Castorena related to a crime that occurred in the weeks before the killings that involved two of the victims.

In addition to facing charges in that case and the murder case, Castorena also faces charges for threatening his ex about a week prior to the shooting.

Two of his relatives, including his brother and cousin, are accused of helping him avoid capture immediately following the killings.

Previous reporting by Janet Oravetz contributed to this article.

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