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San Marcos high School graduates Jesus Garcia, left, and Nicholas Tiefer, were killed in a Jan. 4 shooting near Palomar College. Courtesy photos/The Coast News graphic
San Marcos High School graduates Jesus Garcia, left, and Nicholas Tiefer, were killed in a Jan. 4 shooting near Palomar College. Courtesy photos/The Coast News graphic
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Second juvenile suspect arrested in double-fatal San Marcos shooting

SAN MARCOS — Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a Jan. 4 shooting that left two young men dead along West Borden Road in San Marcos, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Two victims, identified as Jesus Garcia, 19, and Nicholas Tiefer, 20, were discovered on Jan. 4 with apparent gunshot wounds near the 1100 block of Borden Road, prompting authorities to launch a homicide investigation.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, a 17-year-old male suspect was arrested in Riverside on Tuesday with the assistance of local law enforcement. The following morning, deputies arrested a 15-year-old suspect, also male, at his Oceanside residence. 

Both suspects have been booked into the East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility on two counts of murder.

Investigators in the case said the motivation and circumstances are still under investigation, and that they believe the two suspects did not know the victims. However, investigators said they believe “the reason for them meeting was for the illegal sale of vape products.” 

When asked how investigators came to this conclusion, Lt. Chris Steffen said the department is not releasing any further details at this time. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit at 858-285-6330 or the after hours phone at 858-565-5200. Individuals can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 888-580-8477.

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