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Chandler resident’s resentment toward roommate leads to fatal shooting

Cruz Guadalupe Martinez-Homo (Photo provided by Chandler Police Department)

PHOENIX — A man living in Chandler was arrested Thursday night after shooting his roommate out of resentment multiple times in front of family members and children, authorities said.

Police responded to a call Thursday about a shooting near McQueen Road and Chandler Boulevard around 8:53 p.m. where they learned Cruz Guadalupe Martinez-Homo, 32, had fired four shots into his roommate of four years’ torso while he was standing near the barbeque grill, surrounded by seven family members, including two children.

The investigation revealed Martinez-Homo, an undocumented resident from Sinaloa, Mexico, had developed hatred toward Eduardo Nunez-Ayala, 27, over the past few weeks, culminating in the shooting, according to police.

He told police Nunez-Ayala was “talking down to him lately and telling what to do” which he found “disrespectful since he was older” than him, according to the probably cause statement.

Martinez-Homo also told police he and Nunez-Ayala together consumed 12 beers in the afternoon, heading into the evening of the shooting.

Nunez-Ayala was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Following his arrest, Martinez-Homo indicated that Nunez-Ayala “did nothing to provoke the attack,” according to the probable cause statement.

Martinez-Homo was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail in Phoenix for first-degree murder and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.

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