Two people arrested for shooting death of Juanita Lolesio

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Anchorage Police have arrested two people for the shooting death of Juanita Lolesio. One of the suspects is 19-years-old and faces a second-degree murder charge, the other is an unidentified juvenile who has charges pending.

MJ Thim, a spokesperson for APD, writes that detectives with the Homicide Unit and officers with the Investigative Support Unit (ISU) served a warrant Saturday to a house in the 900 block of East 20th Avenue for a homicide and a shots fired investigation.

Christopher Espiritu-Simpson, 19, and the unidentified juvenile were both taken into custody for questioning, they were then arrested and transported to jail, said Thim.

Espiritu-Simpson faces charges including second degree murder and multiple counts of misconduct involving a weapon. Charges are pending against the juvenile male.

Thim writes that the homicide investigation found that on Dec. 30 at 3:00 a.m., the suspects allegedly "fired multiple shots at a party bus dropping people off at an apartment complex in the area of Oklahoma Street and Boundary Avenue." No one else was injured.

Lolesio was struck by a bullet in the head, she then spent more than two weeks on life support. Her family took her off life support Jan. 15 and she died later later that day.

The shots fired investigation centered on an earlier incident that allegedly occurred Dec. 27 around 1:45 a.m. The suspects are accused of firing multiple shots at a residence in the 6700 block of Stella Place. No one was injured during that incident.