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6 Arrested For June 2010 Motel Murder

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From left to right, top to bottom: Al Allen, Raymond Shaw, Deandre Gomes, Brandon Washington, Kionte Lightner

From left to right, top to bottom: Al Allen, Raymond Shaw, Deandre Gomes, Brandon Washington, Kionte Lightner

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ELK GROVE, Calif. (CBS13) — Five adults and a juvenile have been arrested in connection with the murder of a high school student who was celebrating his graduation at a motel last June.

The six suspects were allegedly part of the group who confronted 18-year-old D’Andre Blackwell and a number of his friends during a Valley High graduation party at the Holiday Inn Express on the 9100 block of West Stockton Boulevard on June 5.

In June, authorities said a widespread text message drew dozens of additional guests to the hotel late at night, and when the two groups of people got into a confrontation, someone shot Blackwell in the chest.

Blackwell was found mortally wounded on the third floor of the hotel. All of the subjects fled the scene in multiple directions.

Over the course of eight months, investigators gathered information that led them to six suspects they say were responsible for the shooting. A number of local and federal law enforcement agencies made the arrests Wednesday in Sacramento and Elk Grove.

The suspects are identified as 20-year-old Al Allen; 19-year-old Deandre Gomes; 18-year-old Kionte Lightner; 19-year-old Raymond Shaw; 22-year-old Brandon Washington and a 15-year-old male.

Authorities are still working to find additional suspects.

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