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Teen charged with murder in UArizona campus garage shooting

Alonzo Orosco (Tucson Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX – A teenager was arrested Thursday for the shooting death of a University of Arizona student in a campus parking garage last weekend, authorities said.

Alonzo Orosco, 17, was booked into Pima County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and drive-by shooting, the Tucson Police Department announced Friday.

Orosco is accused of shooting 20-year-old Forrest Beckett Keys, a sophomore from Philadelphia majoring in communications, on Saturday.

According to police, Keys was walking with friends in the garage at about 11 p.m. when a verbal altercation took place between him and people riding in a red Cadillac.

“It started as an altercation and escalated from there,” said Officer Frank Magos, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

Magos said university police turned up information that helped identify the car, which hadn’t yet been located.

Investigators didn’t want to release additional information because of ongoing efforts to locate the car as well as individuals who could be suspects or witnesses, Magos said.

Magos said it wasn’t immediately known whether Orosco would be prosecuted as an adult.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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