Man Accused in Deadly Easter Shooting in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Arrested in Texas

A man accused of shooting two people on Easter Sunday in Lawrence, Massachusetts, leaving one dead, has been arrested in Texas.

Forty-year-old Aracelys Valdez Deleon of Lowell and an unidentified 25-year-old Lawrence man prosecutors called her companion were shot around 8 p.m. outside the La Cava nightclub. The man survived, but Valdez Deleon was pronounced dead after being airlifted to Lawrence General Hospital.

Aracelys Valdez Deleon
Aracelys Valdez Deleon

On Friday, the Essex County District Attorney's Office announced that 24-year-old Luis Rodriguez of Haverhill had been arrested overnight in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Rodriguez faces charges including murder, assault and battery with a firearm and illegal firearm possession. He was ordered held without bail after being arraigned as a fugitive from justice at the Hopkins County Law Enforcement Facility in Texas.

According to the district attorney's office, Rodriguez has indicated that he will not waive extradition. The district attorney will seek a governor's warrant to enforce his return to Massachusetts, a process that can take as long as three months.

It was not immediately clear if Rodriguez had an attorney.

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