Update: Murder victims’ names released

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

By Sarah Nagem

Update 11 a.m.
Kannapolis Police have released the names of the murder victims:
– Lorena Manzanares Soto (Hispanic female – wife of suspect)
DOB: 12/19/1980
702 West 8th St.
Kannapolis, NC

Javier Jiminez Mendez (Hispanic male)
DOB: 01/11/1984
2210-B Brookside Drive
Kannapolis, NC

KANNAPOLIS ó Police think a man suspected of killing his wife and another man in Kannapolis over the weekend is not the same man involved in a shooting in Charlotte on Monday.
Kannapolis Police sent shell casings from Saturday’s double murder scene to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for ballistics tests.
“There was no match,” Kannapolis Police Lt. Ken Jackson said.
On Saturday, police found a man and a woman shot to death at 702 W. 8th St. Police are still looking for Joaquin Alvarez Rios, 35, who they think killed his wife and the other man.
Police had suspected that Rios might have been involved in a gunfire exchange with a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer early Monday morning. The officer was not hurt.
Jackson said Rios is from Mexico, and he has family throughout North Carolina.
“We really don’t know a motive at this point, and we probably won’t know until we get him in custody, if he talks to us,” Jackson said.
Police think Rios’ 10-year-old daughter witnessed the double murder.