Two suspects were arrested on Friday, Feb. 28 in connection with the Cheryl Drive shooting that left two-year-old Lillyanna Valent and 6-year-old Navaeh Oliva dead on Feb. 16.
26-year-old Brendon Andrew Gayton and 22-year-old Cruz Salazar were arrested at a home on the 800 block of Indiana Ave at 1:30 a.m. on Friday morning. Both men were charged with two counts of Capital Murder for the shooting on Feb. 16, in which the two suspects openly fired dozens of rounds into the home where the two families were celebrating a birthday party. Young Lillyanna and Navaeh did not survive.
Gayton and Salazar's bond is set at $2 million
According to the Corpus Christi Police Department, two more arrests were also made in connection with the Cheryl Drive case. 48-year-old Juanita Bustamante, and her daughter Mariele Bustamante were arrested last week on Adams Dr for tampering with evidence, after a witness told the Corpus Christi Police that the duo had hidden a gun related to the Feb. 16 shooting. While CCPD conducted its search for information and leads in the case, they followed up on the tip, and when officers got the warrant to search the Bustamante's garage last week, they found a .38 caliber handgun, tucked into a box.
Juanita Bustamante is already out of jail. On Monday, Mar. 3, her daughter Maricela's bond was reduced from $100 thousand to $25 thousand.
During the widespread search for suspects last week, the Corpus Christi Police state that they used several different units working in coordination with witness statements, physical evidence, and tips from the public, that eventually lead to the two warrants for Gayton and Salazar to be issued, as well as the Bustamante arrests.
During a press conference held on Friday, Feb. 28, Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson stated that tips from the community, through Crime Stoppers, were responsible for helping investigators make an arrest in the Cheryl Drive murder case.
CCPD detectives continue to investigate the case, though, and ask anyone with any additional information to contact Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888TIPS.com.