Pasco man murdered days after deputies revealed he was a sex offender
PASCO, Wash. — A Pasco man was murdered just days after deputies sent a news release saying he was a sex offender who had recently moved to the area.
Demetrius Graves, 39, was found stabbed to death near 6th Avenue early Wednesday morning. His alleged killer Hector Orozco Jr., 42, was captured hours later at the Rodeway Inn in Pasco.
Police said Orozco stabbed Graves at a small gathering around 4 a.m. They did not say what prompted the dispute.
However, KAPP/KVEW spoke to two women who said they are not surprised by what transpired.
“We’ve lived in this neighborhood for over 30 years,” Stephanie Gibson said. “The culture of it has changed multiple times over the time that we’ve been here, so it’s not that shocking.”
“There’s been a lot of activity in the area recently so this doesn’t surprise me,” Maria Isabela Aguilar said.
One neighbor who did not want to be named said the crime worries him.
“We don’t know why it happened,” the man said. “It makes us think that we need to be aware and we’re scared.”
Orozco appeared in court for the first time this afternoon. A judge ordered him to be held on a $500,000 bond while he waits to be charged with second degree murder.
If Orozco is charged, he will be arraigned on February 27th.