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Authorities arrest boyfriend for shooting death in Mesa desert

MESA, Ariz. — Maricopa County authorities have arrested a man accused of
shooting his girlfriend to death in the desert northeast of Mesa.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Christopher Hegstrom said
Matthew Borja, 21, was booked Thursday afternoon on one count each of
first-degree premeditated murder, aggravated assault and unlawful imprisonment.

After an argument, Borja fired several shots at the 19-year-old woman.

Deputies responded after receiving a 911 call just before 6:30 a.m. about a
shooting south of the Salt River.

The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of family members.


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