After fleeing to Mexico, murder suspect extradited back to Salem

After fleeing to Mexico, murder suspect extradited back to Salem
Manuel Salvador Garcia-Ceja (left) and Lorenzo Garcia-Ceja (right).

SALEM, Ore. -- The man who allegedly killed one person and injured two others in a Salem shooting nearly three years ago has been extradited back to Salem.

Lorenzo Garcia-Ceja, 20, was extradited Thursday from Mexico to the Marion County Correctional Facility. Garcia-Ceja is the suspect in the May 26, 2009 shooting in Northgate Park that killed Montez Bailey, 20. He also allegedly wounded Skylar Hyland, 24, and Cameron Carolino, 23.

Garcia-Ceja fled to Mexico shortly after the shooting. Detective Jamie Vasas of the Salem Police Department developed information that Garcia-Ceja was with his brother Manuel Garcia-Ceja, 31, in Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico. Manuel Garcia-Ceja was also a fugitive from Salem, wanted for attempted murder involving the 2006 stabbing of an ex-girlfriend. The Salem Police Department asked the FBI for help in the apprehension of the two.

On June 3, 2010, Mexican law enforcement officers, in cooperation with the FBI, arrested Lorenzo Garcia-Ceja and Manuel Garcia-Ceja in Zamora and the pair were transported to a prison in Mexico City for processing.

On Nov. 3, 2010, Manuel Garcia-Ceja was extradited back to the United States. He has since pleaded guilty to attempted murder and first-degree assault and sentenced to 90 months in prison on Dec. 13, 2010. Lorenzo Garcia-Ceja remained in Mexico challenging extradition.

Thursday's extradition of Lorenzo Garcia-Ceja will now allow the 2009 murder to be prosecuted in Marion County. This would not have been possible without the cooperation of Mexican authorities, the United States Department of Justice-Office of International Affairs, the FBI, the Marion County District Attorney's Office, and the Salem Police Department, officials said.