3 arrested in 2020 triple-slaying at Visalia high school

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Posted at 11:30 AM, Jan 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-14 14:30:05-05

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities investigating the fatal shootings of three teenagers in central California say they have arrested three men suspected in the killings, and two dozen other gang members connected to a drugs and weapons trafficking operation.

Jose Carlos Hernandez Pena, Isaiah Rule and Blake Madeiros were found dead in the parking lot at Golden West High School in Visalia when police responded to reports of shots fired on May 5, 2020.

Officials say the ensuing investigation mushroomed into a broader probe of gangs in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley and uncovered a drug and firearms ring that reached to Texas and Mexico.