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Victims of double homicide near South 12th Avenue identified

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Posted at 4:03 PM, Mar 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-24 19:03:18-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — This article was updated on 3/26/22

Tucson Police Department (TPD) responded to a shooting in the 7100 block of South 12th Avenue on March 23, 2022, around 3:30 a.m.

Officers located two shooting victims who were identified as 39-year-old Celina R. Garcia and 44-year-old Rashad Laron Smith.

Life-saving efforts were performed by officers and paramedics but both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, next of kin were notified.

TPD has located the suspect of the fatal shooting 24-year-old Zachary Joseph Thomas Naifeh.

Officers say Naifeh has been charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder and two counts of Prohibited Possessors and is currently being held in Pima County Jail.

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