Suspects are to be arraigned today on murder charges
“This is not a case of gang violence or narcotics dealings gone wrong. This is a case of children killing other children for no other reason than stereo equipment,” said Lt. Dan Martini of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.Claes’ body was found May 17 in a ditch about three miles from his home, in an affluent unincorporated neighborhood where residents were horrified by the rare intrusion of teen age violence. He had been shot in the head at close range after leaving the Tustin home where he lived with his grandfather.Deputies said they executed a search warrant at a Tustin home Monday night and Adidas Stan Smith Unisex White Blue 2017 Malaysia confiscated a .22 caliber handgun believed to be the murder weapon. At the same time, they arrested a 17 year old suspect at that house who lives elsewhere in Tustin, Martini said.Two younger boys, Nike Benassi Swoosh 343880-090 Unisex Black White Malaysia Outlet ages 15 and 16, turned themselves in early Tuesday, Martini said. All three have been booked into Orange County Juvenile Hall and are expected to be arraigned today on murder charges, he said. The Sheriff’s Department will urge the district attorney’s office to try them as adults, he said.Investigators also said they confiscated the $2,500 piece of stereo equipment at a location they declined to reveal.The last time Danella George saw her son, on May 2, the boy had set up the stereo, complete with flashing lights, and the two had danced together, George said. Forest Service and lives in the Northern California town of Sonora, and Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit Mid Women Purple White 2017 Malaysia her son had planned to move there to live with her at the end of the school year.But George said she was unaware that her son lent the equipment or of whether he was involved in a dispute.”I know he talked about rough kids in the community,” she said. “There were fears he expressed to me and he was glad to be getting out of Tustin. . . . He felt that there were people doing wrong things.”Dan George, 73, the boy’s grandfather and legal guardian, Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit Mid Women Purple White 2017 Malaysia said he was satisfied that sheriff’s investigators had made arrests in the slaying, but was troubled by the suspects’ ages.”Yes, it’s good news to hear that someone has been arrested,” George said, “but they’re juveniles. Tustin Unified school board member Gail Michelson said the three had long histories of disciplinary problems in the district and each had been expelled in the past 12 to 18 months.She would not comment specifically on the former students or say why they had been expelled, saying only that the district had taken its most severe action against them.At least two of the three may be students at the Tustin branch of Horizon Education Center, a county educational program, according to a teacher who works there.Investigators described Claes as an average and somewhat mischievous youth who may have fallen in with the wrong crowd in his quest for acceptance after recently changing schools. Claes did not go to school with the suspects, but was associated with them through his music hobby, they said.”He had friends who were in a break dancing club,” said Christine Murray, a sheriff’s homicide investigator who appeared at a news conference after working virtually around the clock since the youth’s body was found. “He was not a member. Maybe he had hoped to be.”Investigators stressed that they are still working on the case. The sheriff’s entire 12 person homicide unit has dedicated itself to the case, and Sheriff’s Department search and rescue crews also contributed, combing the grassy slopes on their hands and knees in search of clues where the youth was killed.