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DEVELOPING: Kennewick Police Release Drawing of Suspect Wanted in Christmas Eve Murder

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The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, early 20s, light skin tone, 5'10" tall, thin athletic build, short black hair. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, early 20s, light skin tone, 5'10" tall, thin athletic build, short black hair.
These two knives were recovered near the scene and believed to have been use by the suspect. The knives are unique. These two knives were recovered near the scene and believed to have been use by the suspect. The knives are unique.

KENNEWICK, WA - The Kennewick Police Department continues to investigate the homicide that occurred at 11:50pm on Christmas Eve in East Kennewick. With the assistance of a sketch artist from an outside agency, a composite drawing was developed of the suspect who committed the fatal stabbing.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, early 20s, light skin tone, 5'10" tall, thin athletic build, short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black and white plaid zippered hooded sweatshirt with a fleece lining, baggy black pants, black "Vans" style shoes with a white sole, a thin gold necklace, and a gold chain hanging from one belt loop to another on his right side.

There is a strong possibility that the suspect lives in, has family in, or frequents the residential area East of Washington St. in the area of 1st to 10th Ave. The suspect may have gang affiliations.

He may have incurred an injury to the right side of his rib cage during the incident. He may have replaced his clothing and shoes after the incident due to possible blood stains.

We have also included pictures of two knives recovered near the scene, believed to have been used by the suspect. The knives are unique. If you have seen someone with these knives recently, please call Kennewick Police.

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KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick Police say they now believe a homicide on Christmas Eve may be related to street gangs. 

Officers are still looking for one more man in connection with the death of 23-year-old Gerardo Villamar Junior. 

Police booked 24-year-old Rafael Nieto, 23-year-old Erick Nieto, and 39-year-old Jose Vazquez-Villanueva into the Benton County Jail on rioting charges Christmas morning. Officers say all three had been fighting alongside of Villamar the night he died.

Investigators say they believe the other man they're looking for may be gang affiliated, but not necessarily a rival gang member. Officers say they don't know exactly who the man is, but they say he had been armed with a knife when he ran off after the fight. 

Officers say they have now found both cars they were previously looking for. Police have now impounded the car that drove Villamar to the Trios ER, and plan to search it for potential evidence. 

The Benton County Coroner plans to perform an autopsy on Villamar's body on Thursday. Police say he had suffered multiple stab wounds in his back during the fight.

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