Man, girl killed in home invasion south of Tucson are identified

2009-05-31T00:00:00Z Man, girl killed in home invasion south of Tucson are identified Arizona Daily Star
May 31, 2009 12:00 am

A young girl and a man who were shot to death in a home invasion in Arivaca early Saturday have been identified as 29-year-old Raul Flores Jr. and 9-year-old Brisenia Flores.

They are believed to be father and daughter. A woman in the home was injured but officials with the Pima County Sheriff's Department are not releasing her name. Her condition was not available this morning.

The victims lived in the 36000 block of South Mesquite Road.

On Saturday morning, sheriff's detectives and crime-scene technicians were in and out of the white mobile home.

A man who arrived at the scene said he was the victim's father and grandfather to the girl. He declined to comment other than to say his granddaughter was a beautiful girl.

A detective retrieved two dogs from the property and gave them to the man.

Neighbors of the victims said Flores installed hand-water pumps and that the family had lived on the property for generations.

The home is listed by the Pima County assessor as a mobile home on 5 acres. Its assessed value is just under $25,000.

The front yard looked undisturbed on Saturday. Four bicycles were bunched together in the middle of the yard. A tree well was still damp from having been watered.

Several vehicles were parked around the house — a dark green Hummer, a red Ford pickup with extra-large tires, a GMC sport utility vehicle with chrome rims and a Toyota four-wheel-drive vehicle. A red-and-white water tank with "Arivaca" stenciled on its side sat in the front yard, and a green John Deere motorized cart was by the front door.

Sheriff's deputies said they believe the home invaders included four men and one woman. Deputy Jeff Donovan would not say how they knew that or whether they had any leads on the killers. Arivaca is about 50 miles southwest of Tucson.

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