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Court docs: Teen was driving car involved in murder of UArizona student

Alonzo Orosco, 17, is facing charges of first-degree murder and drive-by shooting.
Posted at 11:07 AM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 12:16:14-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with the death of a University of Arizona student in a parking garage last weekend.

The Tucson Police Department says they arrested 17-year-old Alonzo Orosco Thursday with the help of the University of Arizona Police Department. He's facing charges of first-degree murder and drive-by shooting in connection with the death of 20-year-old Forrest Keys at the Cherry Avenue Garage on the UArizona campus late Saturday night.

Police say Keys was seen on security cameras arguing with someone in a red Cadillac sedan in the garage before someone in the car shot him and drove off.

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According to an interim criminal complaint, Orozco admitted to the investigators that he was the driver of the Cadillac at the time of the shooting, but wouldn't say who else was with him. He also told police the killing was self-defense, but wouldn't elaborate.

In the criminal complaint, investigators say Keys was with his two roommates who witnessed the shooting. They told investigators that a car drove by the group and taunted them. Keys shouted back at the Cadillac, which turned back around toward the group. The witnesses told police they stayed near the curb, while Keys approached the passenger side of the vehicle.

After an argument, the witnesses said they saw Keys punch the passenger of the Cadillac in the face one time. That's when witnesses said the passenger pulled out a gun and shot Keys two or three times.

TPD is asking for any additional witnesses to come forward with more information on the shooting. Anyone can report a tip anonymously by calling 911 or 520-88-CRIME.

Forrest's family is holding a virtual vigil for Keys Saturday at 10 a.m.