Man charged with aggravated murder in death of 2 women at Yakima payday lending store

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A Yakima County man has been charged with aggravated murder and burglary in connection with the fatal shootings of two women as they were opening a payday lending business.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that prosecutors filed the charges Wednesday against 26-year-old Manuel Enrique Verduzco, of Selah.

They say he shot 27-year-old Karina Morales-Rodrigues and 30-year-old Martha Martinez outside the Moneytree store on Saturday.

Police say employees identified Verduzco from store surveillance footage of the attack. The suspect is a former employee of the business.

Authorities are still investigating the incident and have not yet determined a motive for the killing.

Verduzco was arrested at his parents’ Yakima home without incident on Saturday. He’s being held on $1 million bail.

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