Two 15-Year-Old Kids Accused of Unrelated Murders Lived a Mile Apart From Each Other
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This year, two Valley 15-year-olds have been accused of murder, in two completely separate incidents.
The two suspects, Ladajianna Mosely and Leonard Moreno, lived about a mile apart from each other.
-Ladajianna Mosely, 15, Faces Murder Charge in Fatal Shooting of Sister's Boyfriend
-Leonard Moreno, Age 15, Arrested in Shooting Death of MCSO Jail Officer
The crimes were very different. Mosely was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a 17-year-old boy in March while she was playing around with a gun they stole in a home burglary.
Moreno, a wannabe gangster, shot and killed a detention officer for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, for no apparent reason, according to police.
Interestingly, though, they both lived in nearby west Phoenix neighborhoods just south of the small city of Tolleson -- off Lower Buckeye Road, between 83rd and 91st Avenues.
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Although it might seem like a coincidence, murder isn't really rare in the area.
Two of "Baseline Killer" Mark Goudeau's victims were operating a food-truck at 91st Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road when they were murdered in 2006.
About a mile south of there, at 93rd Avenue and Elwood Street, two children were beaten to death with a baseball bat at random by Joe Sauceda Gallegos in a park, two days before Christmas in 2008.
Murders around that little city of Tolleson aren't exactly uncommon, and neither is gang violence.
New Times has covered multiple shootings involving home-owners and burglars in the area, too.
Maybe it's not that surprising that two alleged 15-year-old murderers live in the same neighborhood -- but it's troubling, for sure.
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