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Two Men Arrested In 2016 Murder Of FIU Student

MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Two men have been arrested for the 2016 murder of a Florida International University student.

Michael Zaldua, 21, was shot and killed in an off-campus parking garage connected to the 4th Street Commons apartment complex in Sweetwater on December 2, 2016.

Evidence collected at the scene led to the arrests of 25-year-old Donterio Rashad Fowler, a Pinellas Park resident, and 23-year-old Keondre Quamar Fields, a St. Petersburg resident. Both were attending school in Miami-Dade County at the time of the shooting.

CBS4 news partners The Miami Herald report Fowler is the brother of Atlanta Falcons defensive end Dante Fowler, who played college football at the University of Florida and grew up in St. Petersburg.

"When a loved one is killed and there is no arrest, the family tragedy only deepens as time passes and questions remain unanswered," said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in a statement. "Hopefully, the arrests of the alleged perpetrators of this homicide will provide some solace to Michael Zaldua's family in the knowledge that the Miami-Dade Police Department and my prosecutors never stopped searching for those responsible for his death."

Fernandez Rundle said in the statement that bags of marijuana and cocaine were found in Zaldua's car and money was scattered around his body. She added a gun was found in his pocket.

Fowler and Fields have been charged with first degree murder. The two are in jail in Pinellas County awaiting to be extradited to Miami-Dade to face the charges.


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